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Hisashi Iwakuma | Starting Pitcher | #18

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (35) / 4/12/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2012 / UDFA / SEA
Contract: view contract details

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Hisashi Iwakuma was staked to a huge lead early on Saturday and cruised through six innings of two-run ball in an easy victory over the Blue Jays.
The Mariners provided him with 11 runs of support in the ballgame, making it so all Iwakuma had to do was throw strikes and avoid any major rallies against him. All told, he surrendered just four hits and three walks while striking out three. Now 11-6 on the season, he'll carry a 3.96 ERA and 1.28 WHIP into Saturday's start against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Jul 23 - 4:28 PM

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Hisashi Iwakuma tossed seven shutout innings Saturday, striking out eight, in a 1-0 win over the Astros.

Iwakuma gave up two hits and a walk over his seven innings, needing just 90 pitches to get there. The win was his fourth in a row and his 10th overall. The right-hander has a 4.01 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in 19 starts overall, and he'll try to make it a fifth straight win Friday at the Blue Jays.
Jul 16 - 10:18 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma pitched 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball in defeating the Royals on Friday.

It's just the second time this year that Iwakuma has allowed one or no runs in a start. He's kept the Mariners in games practically every time he's pitched (he's never allowed more than five runs and his shortest outing was 4 2/3 innings), but he's not the Iwakuma of old. He heads into the break 9-6 with a 4.25 ERA.
Jul 8 - 11:26 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma allowed four earned runs over six innings Sunday in a win over the Orioles.

Iwakuma was pounded for 10 hits, but he didn't issue any walks and the Seattle offense exploded for nine runs in the victory. Iwakuma picked up his eighth win of 2016, but he currently holds an underwhelming 4.43 ERA and 1.35 WHIP in 107 2/3 total innings. Up next is a road start against the Royals.
Jul 3 - 7:15 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma pitched well in Tuesday's win over the Pirates, yielding two runs on six hits over 6 2/3 innings.

Nice rebound outing for Iwakuma, who surrendered five runs in his last start. He found much smoother sailing on Tuesday. For the season, the veteran right-hander owns a 4.34 ERA and 1.33 WHIP. He will face off with the Orioles in a home start next time he toes the rubber.
Jun 29 - 1:23 AM

Hisashi Iwakuma was charged with five earned runs across 4 2/3 innings in a loss on Wednesday, allowing 11 base hits including three home runs.

He struck out five and walked three. Iwakuma was actually lucky to escape with "only" five runs considering he allowed 14 baserunners. All three homers came with the bases empty. Iwakuma's ERA rises to 4.45 while his record falls to 6-6. He is lined up for two starts next week, facing the Pirates and the Orioles.
Jun 22 - 10:28 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma earned his sixth victory of the season on Friday, giving up four runs on nine hits over seven frames against the Red Sox.

Iwakuma walked one and struck out four on the evening. His club provided him with plenty of early runs in this one and all he needed to do was cruise along and throw strikes. David Ortiz tagged him for a two-run homer in the fourth inning and the Red Sox scratched out another pair in the seventh against him. He'll carry a 4.18 ERA and 1.26 WHIP into Wednesday's start against the Tigers in Detroit.
Jun 17 - 10:20 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma yielded three runs -- all coming on solo homers -- in seven innings in a win over the Rangers on Friday.

There have been eight occasions this season in which a pitcher has given up three homers and won. Iwakuma is responsible for two of those; he allowed three homers and four runs over seven innings against the Padres on May 31. In all, Iwakuma has allowed 13 homers in 83 2/3 innings, which puts him at the highest rate of his career. He still has some mixed league value, but not as much as he used to.
Jun 11 - 1:44 AM

Hisashi Iwakuma took a loss Sunday despite allowing just one earned run over seven innings against the Rangers.

Texas scored all three of its runs in the bottom of the fifth inning -- a messy frame all around for the visiting M's. Luis Sardinas and Stefen Romero committed errors within a few plays of each other, and they both led to runs for the home team. Iwakuma yielded just four official hits and one walk while striking out seven. He'll hope for better support next time out in a rematch with the Rangers.
Jun 5 - 5:44 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma survived three home runs to earn a win as the Mariners smashed the Padres 16-4 on Tuesday afternoon.

Iwakuma pitched seven innings and allowed only five hits, but three of those sailed over the fences at Safeco Field in Seattle. He gave up four runs on the strength of five strikeouts without walking anyone. His teammates pounded Padres pitching for 16 runs before Iwakuma gave up his first run in the sixth inning. The win evens Iwakuma’s record at 4-4 as his 4.41 ERA edges up. The aging hurler makes for a good matchup play moving forward.
May 31 - 8:59 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma surrendered three runs over seven innings Wednesday versus the A's.

Iwakuma beat the A's for the second time this month to run his record to 3-4 with a 4.33 ERA. He has an even tastier matchup with a start against the Padres due up next.
May 26 - 1:29 AM

Hisashi Iwakuma improved to 2-4 after giving up three runs over six innings Friday versus the Reds.

The Mariners were down 3-0 before they rallied against the beleaguered Reds’ bullpen. This made a winner out of Iwakuma, who gave up six hits (including a solo homer by Zack Cozart) and three walks while striking out six batters. His line could have looked worse, but he managed to wiggle out of a couple of rallies. Iwakuma owns a 4.39 ERA and 1.41 WHIP through his first nine starts this season and is difficult to trust in mixed fantasy leagues at the moment. He’ll get the A’s next at home.
May 21 - 12:17 AM

Hisashi Iwakuma surrendered four runs on nine hits over 6 1/3 innings in earning a no-decision against the Angels on Saturday.

Iwakuma struck out two and walked one on the evening. He held the Angels off the scoreboard until the sixth inning. They would score one in that frame, then drive him from the game in what would ultimately turn into a five-run seventh. Through his first eight starts covering 49 1/3 innings, Iwakuma holds a middling 4.38 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 38/14 K/BB ratio. He will take to the road for an interleague showdown with the Reds next time out.
May 15 - 12:48 AM

Hisashi Iwakuma was fantastic in Tuesday's 8-2 win over the A's, firing seven innings of four-hit, one-run ball.

Lovely work by Iwakuma, who struck out three and walked two. The strikeout total is modest enough, but the A's simply couldn't square the veteran right-hander up at any point. He did not allow an extra-base hit on the evening. The only run to score against him came in the sixth, when Jed Lowrie burned him for an RBI single. Otherwise, Iwakuma cruised. Through six starts (38 innings), he holds a 4.03 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 28/11 K/BB ratio. In his four major league seasons prior to 2016, Iwakuma never finished with an ERA higher than 3.54 (2015). He will hit the dusty trail for a road outing against the Astros next time out.
May 4 - 12:51 AM

Hisashi Iwakuma fell to 0-3 after giving up five runs in five innings Wednesday against the Astros.

Iwakuma struck out seven, but he couldn't contain Jose Altuve, who had a homer and two doubles off him. He did pretty well against everyone else. After five starts, Iwakuma has a 4.65 ERA, but his 25/9 K/BB ratio is solid. It's not time to give up on him in mixed leagues just yet.
Apr 28 - 3:07 AM

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2Mike Zunino
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1B1Adam Lind
2Dae-Ho Lee
2B1Robinson Cano
SS1Ketel Marte
2Luis Sardinas
3B1Kyle Seager
LF1Franklin Gutierrez
2Nori Aoki
CF1Leonys Martin
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RF1Seth Smith
DH1Nelson Cruz
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S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3Taijuan Walker
4Wade Miley
5James Paxton
6Wade LeBlanc
7Adrian Sampson
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5Nick Vincent
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7Nate Karns
8Tom Wilhelmsen
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