Hisashi Iwakuma SP SEA 4 Hrs
Iwakuma was knocked around for seven runs on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts over 3.1 innings Monday in a loss to the Angels.
The woes continue for Iwakuma, who has coughed up 14 runs in 13 September innings (9.69 ERA) over three starts. The seven runs allowed are the most in his career. Iwakuma has admitted to feeling out of sync, so it might be wise to sit him until he gets straightened out. He will try to get it going Saturday in Houston.
Hisashi Iwakuma SP SEA 5 Days
Iwakuma lasted only 4.1 innings Wednesday, allowing four runs on six hits while walking two and striking out six Astros in a 5-2 loss.
Iwakuma has been hit hard over his last four starts, giving up 15 runs in 18 innings (7.50 ERA) and seen his season ERA rise from 2.57 to 3.11. He will try to turns things around Tuesday at the Angels.
Hisashi Iwakuma SP SEA 10 Days
Iwakuma tossed 5.1 innings versus the Rangers on Friday night, allowing three earned runs on seven hits and a walk while picking up five strikeouts on the way to his 14th win of the season.
Iwakuma has not been close to top form lately, as the crafty right-hander has struggled to a 7.24 ERA and 1.46 WHIP over his last three starts. Despite the lackluster performance, he has managed to go 2-0 while registering a dozen strikeouts across 13.2 innings during the same short stretch. Iwakuma's slump, to some extent, can be attributed to an unfortunate .349 BABIP. The 33-year-old hurler will look to get back on track Wednesday night versus the Astros.
Hisashi Iwakuma SP SEA 15 Days
Despite giving up three homers and not feeling great on the mound, Iwakuma held the Nationals to three runs over six innings, striking out six with zero walks.
Iwakuma was pitching on extra rest, and was also coming off his worst outing of the season. "Well I didn't feel very good on the mound," Iwakuma said. "I didn't have a very good feel on the ball today. I kind of struggled, but I was able to change speeds, mix pitches and get out of jams."
Hisashi Iwakuma SP SEA 23 Days
Iwakuma had an atrocious outing by his standards Sunday, allowing five runs on six hits and a walk over just 2.1 innings.
The outing Sunday was Iwakuma's shortest of the season. The five runs were greater than his total given up in his last five start combined. He also only struck out one coming off an 11-strikeout performance Tuesday. He was lucky enough to escape with a no decision, but couldn't get anyone out, throwing 67 pitches to get as far as did. The outing put a dent in his otherwise sparkling pitching stats, and he now sits at a 2.83 ERA on the year. He will look to turn things around in his next opportunity, which is scheduled for next Saturday against the Nationals.
Hisashi Iwakuma SP SEA 28 Days
Iwakuma dominated the Phillies on Tuesday, tossing eight shutout innings of four-hit ball while not issuing a walk and striking out a season-high 11 batters.
He also tossed 20-of-28 first-pitch strikes while picking up his fourth win in as many starts. The righty is now 12-6 with a 2.57 ERA and terrific 0.95 WHIP on the year and has been an extremely solid No. 2 behind ace Felix Hernandez in the M's rotation. Iwakuma will toe the bump again in Sunday's series finale against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
Hisashi Iwakuma SP SEA 29 Days
Iwakuma is set to make two starts this week, after the Mariners elected to push Roenis Elias off Sunday's scheduled start vs. the Red Sox, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.
Thursday's scheduled off day will allow the Mariners to skip one of their weaker starters in Elias for a turn, while Iwakuma remains on his normal period of rest between starts. Fantasy owners have likely kept Iwakuma in their lineups in any given week regardless of the opponent or number of starts, but the confirmation that he'll get turns against the Phillies and Red Sox over the next seven days probably makes him even more valuable during that particular scoring period.
Hisashi Iwakuma SP SEA 1 Month
Iwakuma pitched 6.2 scoreless innings Wednesday vs. the Blue Jays, striking out five and capturing his 11th win of the season.
A first-inning two-run homer from Kendrys Morales was all the cushion Iwakuma needed in mowing down the Jays, who did at least manage to push his pitch count over 100 during the seventh inning. It was the first time in eight starts that Iwakuma failed to cover seven innings, but the Mariners were probably more than satisfied with the run prevention work he displayed Wednesday. With a 2.72 ERA and 0.97 WHIP over 139 innings, Iwakuma can make a strong argument that he's the best No. 2 pitcher in the majors.
Hisashi Iwakuma SP SEA 1 Month
Iwakuma pitched seven solid innings Friday, allowing one run on five hits and no walks with three strikeouts to win his 10th game of the season.
Iwakuma gave up a solo homer for the only blemish on his line. He threw first-pitch strikes to 18 of 25 batters and threw 66 of 90 pitches for strikes. Iwakuma has given up 11 walks this season in 19 starts, the fewest among pitchers with at least 90 innings pitched. His 0.75 BB/9 is the fewest in baseball.
Hisashi Iwakuma SP SEA 2 Months
Hisashi Iwakuma improved to 9-5 after holding the Indians to two runs over seven innings in Tuesday's win.
Iwakuma won for the first time in more than two weeks, a long overdue achievement. The right-hander held the Indians to six hits and a walk while striking out six. He rounds out the month of July with a strong 2.32 ERA. Overall, he has a 3.06 ERA with a 0.99 WHIP and a 94/9 K/BB ratio. Iwakuma will wrap up the Mariners' road trip on Sunday when he takes on the Orioles.