Hisashi Iwakuma
SP SEA
2 days ago

Iwakuma (0-2) gave up three earned runs on five hits and four walks over 5.1 innings in Friday's 3-1 loss to the Athletics. He struck out three.

EDGE Analysis

Iwakuma seemed to get progressively worse as spring training wound down, giving up 10 earned runs over three of his last four exhibition starts. Many of those problems have now crept into the regular season, with Friday's outing being the latest example. Although the veteran right-hander wasn't shelled by any means, he did surrender a pair of home runs to Trevor Plouffe and Yonder Alonso in back-to-back innings, while throwing 84 pitches, only 44 of which found the strike zone. Iwakuma also issued multiple free passes for the third time in four trips to the mound this season, and has now yielded nine earned runs on 12 hits -- including three homers -- and four walks over the 8.1 innings encompassing his last two starts. He'll look to straighten things out in a Wednesday road start versus the Tigers.

Hisashi Iwakuma
SP SEA
7 days ago

Iwakuma (0-1) allowed six runs on seven hits while striking out two batters over three innings during Sunday's win over Texas.

EDGE Analysis

This was a rough outing, and with Iwakuma's fastball velocity hovering in the mid-80s, his smoke-and-mirrors pitch arsenal is unlikely to hold up against capable offenses. The 36-year-old righty has seen his velocity decline steadily since joining Seattle in 2012, but this season's drop is significant. His ERA and FIP have also climbed in consecutive seasons. Iwakuma is probably crafty enough to turn in a number of good starts, but expect plenty of short outings, too.

Hisashi Iwakuma
SP SEA
2 weeks ago

Iwakuma allowed just one run on two hits while walking three and striking out two in six innings for a no-decision in a 10-9 loss to the Angels on Sunday.

EDGE Analysis

The right-hander has now given up only three runs in 12 innings over two starts to begin the season. However, the 36-year-old isn't blowing hitters away with only four strikeouts in that span. Iwakuma can be useful in deeper leagues, but injury risk and lack of upside make him unattractive to those in shallow formats.

Hisashi Iwakuma
SP SEA
3 weeks ago

Iwakuma (0-1) allowed two runs on four hits and three walks across six innings during Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the Astros. He struck out two.

EDGE Analysis

Iwakuma threw 64 percent of his pitches for strikes and did well to scatter baserunners, but the solo home runs he allowed in the third and sixth innings doomed him to a loss as Lance McCullers sparkled on the other side. His efficiency was a positive sign in his first start of the season, but Iwakuma will look to cut down on the free passes and long balls in his next start Sunday against the Angels.

Hisashi Iwakuma
SP SEA
3 weeks ago

Iwakuma surrendered two earned runs on three hits and four walks over 1.2 innings in Wednesday's Cactus League tie with the Dodgers.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran right-hander thus limps into the start of the regular season after giving up a combined 10 earned runs in three of his last four trips to the mound. Iwakuma notably failed to record a strikeout Wednesday and also threw a robust 52 pitches, getting only half of them into the strike zone. He wraps up spring with a 7.13 ERA across six appearances and will look to right the ship when he starts the Mariners' second game of the season at Houston next Tuesday.

Hisashi Iwakuma
SP SEA
4 weeks ago

Iwakuma has been named the Mariners' No. 2 starter, MLB.com's Greg Johns reports.

EDGE Analysis

He will take the ball on Apr. 4 in Houston against Lance McCullers. Iwakuma posted a 6.75 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 12 strikeouts in 16 innings this spring. While he is the Mariners' No. 2 starter, he might be only the third or fourth most appealing starter in this rotation for fantasy purposes, behind Felix Hernandez, James Paxton, and possibly Drew Smyly.

Hisashi Iwakuma
SP SEA
1 month ago

Iwakuma will throw in a Friday minor league start, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran right-hander last pitched Saturday against the Giants, an outing in which he racked up five strikeouts over 3.2 innings but also surrendered three runs. Iwakuma is scheduled to go "five or six innings" in an effort to keep him on pace for the regular season.

Hisashi Iwakuma
SP SEA
1 month ago

Iwakuma racked up five strikeouts and gave up three earned runs on six hits over 3.2 innings in Saturday's 6-5 Cactus League win over the Giants.

EDGE Analysis

After a dreadful start last Monday against the Brewers that left the veteran rattled, Iwakuma bounced back with a better outing, although he he ran into early trouble. Iwakuma gave up an RBI double to Joe Panik and run-scoring single to Jarrett Parker in the first and then saw Parker victimize him again with a leadoff solo homer in the third. However, the right-hander was sharp overall with his command, throwing 51 of 65 pitches for strikes. He came away feeling much more confident despite some struggles. "Compared to my last start, today I had better balance with my upper body and lower body," he said through interpreter Antony Suzuki. "I was going up and down instead of side to side. I was able to get strike one for the most part. Compared to my last start, I was able to make adjustments."

Hisashi Iwakuma
SP SEA
1 month ago

Iwakuma gave up seven earned runs on six hits and two walks over 2.2 innings in Monday's 24-3 Cactus League loss to the Brewers.

EDGE Analysis

Staked to 1-0 lead entering the bottom of the first, Iwakuma ran into trouble early, giving up an infield single to Keon Broxton and walk to Jesus Aguilar before a Kirk Nieuwenhuis double to deep center plated the first two runs of the game for Milwaukee. The second inning proved to be even worse, with the veteran right-hander surrendering back-to-back home runs to Broxton and Travis Shaw. Iwakuma was pulled after yielding a two-out RBI single to Orlando Arcia in the third and was charged with an additional run when Manny Pina's double off reliever Evan Scribner drove in Arcia. The outing officially marked the third time in his career that Iwakuma has given up seven earned runs in an appearance, although the other two occasions came in regular season action. The 35-year-old had surrendered just one run over four innings in his first two spring appearances coming into Monday, so the disastrous outing left the veteran reeling. "Overall, my timing, my balance...," he said. "I couldn't get my lower body to sync to my upper body. I couldn't the feel for anything. Nothing was working. I have nothing to say today that went well."

Hisashi Iwakuma
SP SEA
1 month ago

Iwakuma gave up a hit and a walk over two scoreless innings in Wednesday's 14-6 Cactus League loss to the Indians.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran righty was even better Wednesday than in his somewhat uneven debut last Friday, as he gave just a leadoff double to Bradley Zimmer and one free pass over 32 pitches. Iwakuma was happy with both his ability to keep the ball down and the life on his fastball, and manager Scott Servais also termed Iwakuma's second outing "much crisper" than the first. The 35-year-old is slated to bump his workload up to three innings next Monday versus the Brewers.