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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 charged with five runs in just 3 2/3 innings but escaped with a no-decision in Saturday's crushing loss to the Athletics.
The A's strung together several hits in the third inning to plate four runs and added another tally in the fourth frame. All told, Iwakuma gave up nine hits and a walk while striking out five in the abbreviated outing. His record holds at 16-12 but his ERA climbs over four to 4.12 after 33 starts. He falls just shy of the 200 inning mark, finishing with 147 strikeouts and 46 walks in 199 frames at the age of 35. Oct 2 - 1:46 AM

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Hisashi Iwakuma pitched six innings of one-run ball Monday against the Astros.

Iwakuma was in line for the victory when he left, but Edwin Diaz blew the save, leaving Iwakuma with a no-decision for the first time in 24 starts since May 14. Jake Odorizzi has had like 36 no-decisions since then.
Sep 27 - 12:33 AM

Hisashi Iwakuma was demolished in Tuesday's loss to the Blue Jays, yielding six runs (five earned) on eight hits over 3 1/3 innings.

Iwakuma kept the Blue Jays off the scoreboard altogether through the first three innings. Then, the fourth inning happened. The frame opened innocently enough with a strikeout of Edwin Encarnacion. That was followed by a Jose Bautista single, a two-run homer off the bat of Russell Martin, a Troy Tulowitzki single, a two-run home run by Michael Saunders, a Kevin Pillar double and an RBI single by Ezequiel Carrera to cap it all off before Iwakuma was mercifully relieved of duty. Yikes. The veteran right-hander saw his ERA jump from 3.87 to 4.04 by the time the dust had settled. He will try for a more favorable result in a road start against the Astros next time he toes the rubber.
Sep 21 - 1:47 AM

Hisashi Iwakuma picked up his 16th win after allowing one run in 6 1/3 innings Wednesday against the Angels.

The Mariners won 2-1 on the strength of Iwakuma's arm and solo homers from Kyle Seager and Nelson Cruz. Iwakuma's 16 wins are a career high. He's turned in three quality starts in three tries this month.
Sep 15 - 1:28 AM

Hisashi Iwakuma won for the 15th time this season after allowing two runs in 6 2/3 innings.

That matches his career high for victories. Iwakuma hasn't enjoyed the same kind of success this year that he did when he first entered the league in 2012, but that was to be expected at age 35. He's been plenty solid in the middle of the Mariners rotation, and the Dodgers probably wish they had him right about now.
Sep 10 - 1:51 AM

Hisashi Iwakuma logged a quality start in Sunday's loss to the Angels, allowing three runs on eight hits over seven frames.

The veteran right-hander walked one and punched out five on the afternoon. Most of the damage against him came in the first inning, where Albert Pujols and C.J. Cron belted back-to-back two-out homers. He'll look to improve upon a 4.01 ERA and 1.29 WHIP when he takes on the Athletics in Oakland on Friday.
Sep 4 - 7:14 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma was lit up for five runs over three innings in Monday's loss to the Rangers.

This game was essentially over after the third inning, as the Rangers plated one run in the first against Iwakuma and four more in the third. August concluded on a sour note for the right-hander, but it was a good month for him overall with a 3.28 ERA. He'll get the Angels for his first start of September.
Aug 30 - 12:14 AM

According to MLB Trade Rumors, Hisashi Iwakuma's 2017 option has vested.

Iwakuma got there when he reached 162 innings for the year in a start against the Yankees last week. While the option is worth $14 million, his contract also stipulates that he must finish the season without suffering a specific injury. The 35-year-old has struggled a bit recently, but he has managed to remain healthy so far. But nothing is guaranteed yet. Iwakuma's contract also includes a club/vesting option for 2018.
Aug 29 - 11:31 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma turned in a quality start in Wednesday's loss to the Yankees, surrendering three runs on six hits over six innings.

Iwakuma struck out three and walked two in the contest. Gary Sanchez burned him for a solo home run in the first inning (Gary Sanchez does that to people), while a Tyler Austin RBI single in the second and a Brett Gardner sacrifice fly in the fourth completed the scoring on his line. This is just what Iwakuma does. He has allowed more than three runs just twice in his last 10 starts. The veteran right-hander will carry a 3.81 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 118/36 K/BB ratio (163 innings) into a road date with the Rangers next time he toes the rubber.
Aug 24 - 8:36 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma pitched well in Thursday's loss to the Angels, yielding three runs (two earned) on six hits over seven innings.

Iwakuma struck out just two on the evening, but he was otherwise rock-solid in the losing effort. Kyle Seager's fielding error in the first inning allowed one run to score. An RBI single by Andrelton Simmons would follow a short while later. The final run on Iwakuma's line scored when Jett Bandy socked a solo home run in the fifth inning. The veteran Iwakuma has pitched to a 3.78 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 115/34 K/BB ratio across 157 innings this season. A home start against the Yankees shows next on his schedule.
Aug 19 - 1:10 AM

Hisashi Iwakuma gave up three runs in 5 1/3 innings and was credited with a win as the Mariners beat the Athletics 4-3 on Saturday.

He allowed nine hits and fanned two without walking anybody. He was pulled after throwing 94 pitches. He left the game with a one-run lead that his bullpen was able to protect the rest of the evening. The win moves him to 14-7 with a 3.84 ERA in 24 starts. He has a juicy matchup with the Angels on tap next.
Aug 14 - 1:46 AM

Hisashi Iwakuma struck out eight over seven innings and combined with two relievers on a shutout of the Tigers on Monday.

Victor Martinez almost spoiled the shutout bid in the ninth, but he came up just a tad short on his fly to the wall in right off Edwin Diaz. Iwakuma has pitched 15 1/3 scoreless innings his last two times out. His ERA is lower now (3.79) than it's been at any point since early April.
Aug 9 - 1:02 AM

Hisashi Iwakuma blanked the Red Sox for 7 1/3 innings and struck out seven in earning his 12th win Wednesday.

All five hits Iwakuma allowed were singles. He wasn't far off from taking a no-decision after Xander Bogaerts's bid for a game-tying three-run homer off Drew Storen in the eighth died at the wall, but he was pretty great in shutting down a strong offense tonight.
Aug 4 - 1:12 AM

Hisashi Iwakuma was throttled in a loss to the Cubs on Friday afternoon, giving up five runs on eight hits in just three innings of work.

Iwakuma walked one and struck out two in the ballgame. The Cubs jumped on him early in this one, scratching out three runs in the second inning and adding another pair in the third on a two-run blast from Jason Heyward. He'll carry a 4.21 ERA and 1.32 WHIP into Wednesday's start against the Red Sox.
Jul 29 - 6:55 PM

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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1B1Adam Lind
2Dae-Ho Lee
3Daniel Vogelbach
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SS1Ketel Marte
2Shawn O'Malley
3B1Kyle Seager
LF1Franklin Gutierrez
2Ben Gamel
3Nori Aoki
4Mike Freeman
CF1Leonys Martin
2Guillermo Heredia
RF1Seth Smith
DH1Nelson Cruz
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S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3James Paxton
4Ariel Miranda
5Taijuan Walker
6Adrian Sampson
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2Steve Cishek
3Nick Vincent
4Vidal Nuno
5Nate Karns
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