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Hisashi Iwakuma | Starting Pitcher

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (33) / 4/12/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Hisashi Iwakuma indicated Sunday that he's not interested in returning to Japan to pitch when his contract expires after the 2015 season.
"I would want to stay here and pitch", the 33-year-old said through his interpreter. He has been a tremendous addition to the Mariners rotation since coming stateside, registering a 3.07 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 440/106 K/BB ratio over 524 innings in his three seasons. Feb 22 - 4:35 PM

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Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said trading Hisashi Iwakuma "wouldn't make any sense."

"We're not trading Iwakuma," Zduriencik told Larry Stone of the Seattle Times. "Honestly, I have no idea where that came from. It wouldn't make any sense." A few weeks back it was reported the M's were fielding inquiries on Iwakuma, but he's very good and will be very inexpensive in 2015. While you can never say never -- the A's shot down Josh Donaldson trade rumors before eventually dealing him last week -- the Mariners would need to be blown away to deal the 33-year-old.
Wed, Dec 3, 2014 10:07:00 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Mariners have "fielded inquiries from a few teams" on Hisashi Iwakuma.

Cafardo doesn't list who those teams are but does say the Red Sox "have had at least internal conversations" about the right-hander. Iwakuma boasts a 3.05 ERA over 61 starts since the beginning of the 2013 season and is relatively cheap at $7 million, so the Mariners would want a lot in return. It's not clear at this point how interested they are in moving him.
Source: Boston Globe
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 10:26:00 AM

Mariners exercised RHP Hisashi Iwakuma's $7 million club option for 2015.

Previous reports indicated the option vested based on performance bonuses, but it's an easy call either way. Iwakuma posted a quality 3.52 ERA and 154/21 K/BB ratio over 179 innings this past season. He remains part of a potent one-two punch in Seattle with King Felix.
Thu, Oct 30, 2014 04:10:00 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma won Friday after allowing two runs in 6 1/3 innings against the Angels.

Iwakuma had a shutout going until Kole Calhoun and Mike Trout hit back-to-back homers in the sixth. Apart from that, it was a nice bounce-back start for him, giving him his 15th win to go along with nine losses and a 3.52 ERA. If he pitches again, it will be in the ALDS.
Sat, Sep 27, 2014 01:27:00 AM

Hisashi Iwakuma lost his third straight start Sunday, allowing four runs over 4 1/3 innings against the Astros.

The Astros made Iwakuma work, as he needed 88 pitches to get through one out in the fourth inning. He allowed six hits and three walks while striking out eight in the loss. He's now 14-9 with a 3.54 ERA on the year, and the 33-year-old will look to end on an upswing against the Angels on Friday.
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 07:08:00 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma was knocked around by the Angels on Monday, allowing seven runs on six hits across 3 1/3 innings.

Iwakuma struck out four, walked two and gave up a homer. Seattle dug itself into an 8-0 hole before getting on the board in the eighth inning. The Japanese right-hander, who came into this outing 5-0 with a 1.75 ERA in seven career outings against the Angels, picked the wrong time to fall apart, allowing the Angels to improve to 94-56. Iwakuma (14-8, 3.42 ERA) is scheduled to take on the Astros in Houston on Saturday.
Tue, Sep 16, 2014 01:08:00 AM

Hisashi Iwakuma worked just 4 1/3 innings on Wednesday, allowing four runs on six hits in Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Astros.

Iwakuma did strike out six batters, but a two-out three-run Astros' rally in the second inning did him in. He's been in a real funk recently, logging a 7.24 ERA across his last three starts before tonight, though he did enter tonight 4-0 with a 2.31 ERA over his last five outings against division rivals, and 5-1 in his last six home appearances. Iwakuma (14-7, 3.11 ERA) better get it together, because he has a big start on deck with a date against the Angels scheduled for Tuesday.
Thu, Sep 11, 2014 01:22:00 AM

Hisashi Iwakuma allowed three solo home runs but nothing more over six innings, earning the win over the Nationals on Sunday.

Iwakuma flirted with danger, as all five of his hits allowed were for extra bases, but the three homers were all he allowed in. Iwakuma didn't walk a batter while striking out six. The win was his fourth in a row and moved him to 13-6 on the season. He'll carry a 2.90 ERA into Friday's meeting with the Rangers in Arlington.
Sun, Aug 31, 2014 08:03:00 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma lasted just 2 1/3 innings on Sunday, allowing five runs on six hits in a no-decision against the Red Sox.

After being staked to a three-run lead to open the game, Iwakuma proceeded to give up an RBI single to Yoenis Cespedes and an RBI double to Will Middlebrooks. Two more runs in the third inning ended Iwakuma's day. It was just an off day for the right-hander, who hadn't allowed more than two runs in any of his previous five starts. In fact, he'd allowed just four runs combined in those last five starts. He'll likely be better Saturday in an interleague matchup with the Nationals.
Sun, Aug 24, 2014 05:57:00 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma had his way with the Phillies on Tuesday, striking out 11 in eight scoreless innings.

Iwakuma was the first Mariners pitcher to go eight innings, strike out 10 and allow no runs since Aaron Harang last June. What? You were expecting someone different? Iwakuma has won three straight starts, and it really should have been five straight, if not for him coming out on the wrong end in a 1-0 game. He's 12-6 with a 2.57 ERA.
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 10:58:00 PM

The Mariners have adjusted their rotation so that Hisashi Iwakuma will start Sunday against the Red Sox.

The Mariners will give Roenis Elias extra rest after his start Monday, so Iwakuma now has a two-start week. He's also pitching against the Phillies on Tuesday. Both are excellent matchups.
Mon, Aug 18, 2014 05:17:00 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma struck out five Blue Jays in firing 6 2/3 shutout innings in Wednesday's 2-0 win.

Iwakuma scattered five hits and walked one. He's on some kind of heater, coming into this gem with a 1.66 ERA in his last three starts. About the only nit to pick here is that his streak of seven completed innings ends at seven straight starts. Iwakuma improves to 11-6 with a 2.72 ERA and 109/12 K/BB rate over 139 innings. Iwakuma will bring his bat to Philadelphia for a start next week.
Thu, Aug 14, 2014 12:58:00 AM

Hisashi Iwakuma pitched seven innings of one-run ball Friday as the Mariners beat the White Sox.

Dayan Viciedo's fourth-inning homer was the only damage. It's the seventh time in eight starts that Iwakuma has allowed two runs or fewer. He currently has 10 wins and just 11 walks through 19 starts.
Sat, Aug 9, 2014 01:21:00 AM

Hisashi Iwakuma allowed only a solo home run over 7 2/3 innings but suffered the loss against the Orioles on Sunday.

Nick Markakis led off the game with a blast, but Iwakuma allowed just four hits and two walks over the rest of his time. The right-hander struck out seven in the outing. The loss dropped him to 9-6, but Iwakuma has a 2.94 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 101/11 K/BB ratio through 18 starts. The 33-year-old will look for a better outcome Saturday against the White Sox.
Sun, Aug 3, 2014 06:02:00 PM

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1B1Logan Morrison
2B1Robinson Cano
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RF1Seth Smith
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S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3James Paxton
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5Roenis Elias
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