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18 Hisashi Iwakuma SP
Height/Weight: 6-3/210 | Birthdate: 4/12/1981 | Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Seattle | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 93/71 | Average Draft Position: 137.67
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Mariners' Zduriencik: 'No truth' to Hisashi Iwakuma trade rumors


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2014) While Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma's name has been floated in trade rumors, general manager Jack Zduriencik denies the notion the 33-year-old pitcher is being shopped, according to MLB.com.

"There's no truth to that," Zduriencik said. "I didn't have any substantive dialogue there. With Felix (Hernandez) and Iwakuma at the top and the other young guys we have, that's a formidable rotation."

Iwakuma, who was an All-Star in 2013, won a career-high 15 games in 28 starts in 2014. He is 38-20 with a 3.07 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in 91 outings (77 starts) since joining Seattle in 2012.


Mariners pick up option on Hisashi Iwakuma


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/30/2014) The Mariners have picked up an option on pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma, according to 710 ESPN.

It's actually unclear if the club picked up the option or if Iwakuma reached enough benchmarks during the year for the option to automatically vest. Either way, he'll return to Seattle for $7 million next season. Iwakuma was fantastic in 2014, posting a 3.52 ERA over 179 innings. 


Hisashi Iwakuma nursing a side injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma checked out "OK" after feeling something in his side Friday against the Angels, manager Lloyd McClendon told MLB.com Saturday. When asked if Iwakuma could pitch in five days, McClendon said, "I hope so."

Iwakuma picked up the win Friday night, limiting the Angels to two runs on four hits over 6 1/3 innings of a 4-3 victory. He finishes his 2014 regular season campaign with a 3.52 ERA, a 1.05 WHIP and 154:21 K:BB ratio over 179 innings.


Hisashi Iwakuma leaves for precautionary reasons


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma left Friday's game for precautionary reasons, according to the Everett Herald. 

Iwakuma was able to get an out in the seventh inning, but was removed from the game at that point. He was visited by a trainer, and was replaced by Brandon Maurer. Iwakuma was checked out after the contest, and it was determined that he was alright. The team never specified an injury for Iwakuma. 


Manager: Hisashi Iwakuma plagued by back, groin issues


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Lloyd McClendon has revealed that Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma is dealing with slight back and groin ailments, which could explain his recent control problems, per mynorthwest.com.

Iwakuma, who has walked seven in his last 12 innings and has yielded 26 earned runs in his last 25 1/3 innings pitched, recently claimed that he has no physical issues. He is slated to make his last regular season start Friday night in a critical clash against the Angels.


Hisashi Iwakuma blames 'bad balance'


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/22/2014) Coming off a stretch of six straight shaky starts during which he has compiled a 9.12 ERA, Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma blamed his struggles on mechanics, according to the Seattle Times -- specifically, not landing properly on his plant leg.

"I'm physically healthy," Iwakuma said through interpreter Antony Suzuki. "There's no issue with that. This late in the season, we're all tired and feel fatigued at times, so we're trying to overcome that. But like I said the other day in Anaheim, it's more the balance for myself. I'm still kind of working on making my adjustments because of my bad balance. I'm not able to get ahead early in the count and that's kind of messing up my game plan."

Manager Lloyd McClendon is getting frustrated with Iwakuma's performance with the team fighting to make the playoffs for the first time since 2001.

"I'm not sure," McClendon said. "I'd be lying if I said I wasn't concerned. He had six days' rest. I thought he'd be a lot sharper today."


Hisashi Iwakuma turns in another subpar start


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/21/2014) Hisashi Iwakuma entered Sunday's game against the Astros looking for his first quality start of September, and he left with his quest unfulfilled. Iwakuma lasted only 4 1/3 innings in the Mariners' 8-3 loss, as he coughed up four runs on six hits and three walks, though he did manage to strike out eight batters.

In his final regular season opportunity to break his slump, Iwakuma will face the Angels on Friday. He heads into that start with a 14-9 record and 3.54 ERA.


Mariners announce weekend rotation plans


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) The Mariners announced Wednesday that Taijuan Walker will draw the start in Friday's series opener against the Astros in Houston.

Walker hasn't made a start for the Mariners since late July, but he's managed to make three appearances out of the bullpen in September. He owns a 2.96 ERA and 21:15 K:BB ratio in 24 1/3 innings.

The announcement will move Chris Young back to Saturday and Hisashi Iwakuma to Sunday.


Hisashi Iwakuma knocked around against Angels


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma got knocked around Monday night against the Angels in Anaheim, dropping to 14-8 on the year. He coughed up seven runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four over 3 1/3 innings of an 8-1 defeat.

Over his last five starts covering 21 1/3 innings, Iwakuma has allowed 22 earned runs. He owns a 3.42 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP over 26 starts (168 1/3 innings). His next start will come Saturday at Houston.

Hisashi Iwakuma chased in fifth inning of loss vs. Astros


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma took a loss Wednesday, allowing four earned runs on six hits and two walks in just 4 1/3 innings while striking out six in his team's 5-2 defeat against the Astros.

Iwakuma (14-7) hadn't taken a loss since Aug. 3, but Wednesday's start was the second time in his last four outings that he wasn't able to complete five innings. Even with his rough patch over his last four starts -- 15 earned runs in 18 innings pitched -- Iwakuma owns a 3.11 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 138:16 K:BB ratio in 165 innings. He's scheduled to face the Angels Tuesday.


Hisashi Iwakuma picks up the win Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma couldn’t go six innings Friday against the Rangers.

Iwakuma allowed three runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings. He struck out five and walked one during the outing. Iwakuma seemed to tire as the game went on. After opening with three scoreless innings, Iwakuma gave up his run over the next three innings. With two men on in the fourth, a Rougned Odor single drove in the first run of the game. After loading the bases in the fifth, Iwakuma managed to induce a double-play. A run came home on the play, and was charged to Iwakuma. He managed to get one out in the sixth inning, but left with a man on base. That run would eventually come around to score, and was charged to Iwakuma. 

With the win, Iwakuma improved to 14-6. He’ll take on the Astros in his next start.


Hisashi Iwakuma posts quality start in win over Nationals


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2014) Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma turned in a quality start for the win Sunday against the Nationals, improving to 13-6 on the year. The right-hander permitted three runs on five hits and no walks while striking out six over six innings of work.

Over his last four starts covering 23 innings, Iwakuma has allowed eight earned runs. He owns a 2.90 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP over 23 starts (155 1/3 innings). His next start will come Friday at Texas.

Hisashi Iwakuma chased in third inning Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma recorded just seven outs in a no-decision Sunday, allowing five earned runs on six hits and one walk in 2 1/3 innings and striking out one in his team's 8-6 win over the Red Sox.

Iwakuma was staked to a 3-0 lead after the top of the first inning but gave all three runs back in the bottom of the first. He then surrendered two more runs in the third before being removed with one out, giving him his shortest outing of the season and his first start with less than six innings since the end of June. Iwakuma owns a 2.83 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 121:13 K:BB ratio in 149 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Nationals Friday.


Hisashi Iwakuma turns in a fantastic start Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma turned in a fantastic start Tuesday against the Phillies.

Iwakuma allowed four hits over eight scoreless innings. He struck out 11 and did not issue any walks during the outing. Iwakuma never put more than one man on per inning. He gave up all four of his hits early. The last of the four came in the fifth inning. Iwakuma was perfect over his last three innings. The Mariners ran into trouble in the ninth, nearly blowing the game for Iwakuma. They were able to work out of the jam, giving Iwakuma the win.

With the win, Iwakuma improved to 12-6. He’ll take on the Rangers in his next start.


Hisashi Iwakuma holds Blue Jays scoreless in win Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma earned a win Wednesday, allowing five hits and one walk in 6 2/3 scoreless innings and striking out five in his team's 2-0 victory over the Blue Jays.

Iwakuma (11-6) gave up one run in each of his previous two starts, with both runs coming on solo home runs, before holding the Blue Jays completely at bay Wednesday. He was pulled after recording the second out of the seventh inning with a man of first, but the bullpen kept Toronto off the scoreboard in the inning. Iwakuma owns a 2.72 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 109:12 K:BB ratio in 139 innings. He's scheduled to face the Phillies Monday.


Hisashi Iwakuma tosses seven one-run innings in win Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma earned a win Friday, allowing just one earned run on five hits in seven innings while striking out three and walking none in his team's 4-1 victory over the White Sox.

Iwakuma (10-6) fell behind 1-0 after a fourth-inning solo home run, but that would be his only blemish on the night, and he cruised to a win after the offense delivered four runs in the fifth. Iwakuma owns a 2.86 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 104:11 K:BB ratio in 132 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Blue Jays Wednesday.


Mariners making adjustments to rotation plans


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2014) The Mariners have made a change to their rotation plans in order to have Felix Hernandez, Chris Young and Hisashi Iwakuma pitch in a series against Toronto next week, according to The News Tribune.

The rotation this week will feature Hernandez and Young in a two-game series against Atlanta, which starts Tuesday. It will then be Roenis Elias, Iwakuma and James Paxton to open a series against the White Sox, which starts Thursday.

Seattle is pushing back Hernandez to Monday and that leaves an open date Sunday. The News Tribune suggests Taijuan Walker and Erasmo Ramirez are the top two candidates to be recalled to make that start. Walker is slated to pitch Monday for Triple-A Tacoma.


Hisashi Iwakuma falls short in pitchers' duel Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma was a hard-luck loser Sunday, giving up just one earned run on five hits and two walks in 7 2/3 innings and striking out seven in his team's 1-0 defeat against the Orioles.

Iwakuma (9-6) gave up a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning, and while he was able to hold the Baltimore offense at bay for the remainder of the game, his offense couldn't come through with any scoring. He owns a 2.94 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 101:11 K:BB ratio in 125 1/3 innings. Iwakuma is slated to face the White Sox Saturday.


Hisashi Iwakuma strikes out six in win vs. Indians


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma earned a win Tuesday, giving up two earned runs on six hits and one walk in seven innings and striking out six in his team's 5-2 victory over the Indians.

Iwakuma (9-5) hadn't issued a walk in five straight starts coming into Tuesday, but he walked a batter in the first inning to end his streak. The only two runs he surrendered came after his offense gave him a 5-0 lead. Iwakuma owns a 3.06 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 94:9 K:BB ratio in 117 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Orioles Sunday.


Four-run inning proves costly for Hisashi Iwakuma vs. O's


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma was not at his best on Thursday against the Orioles, dropping to 8-5 on the season.

Iwakuma permitted a run-scoring single to Nick Markakis and a three-run home run to Delmon Young in the third inning for his only blemishes of the night. The right-hander was charged with four runs on seven hits and no walks while striking out five over seven innings of a 4-0 defeat. Of his 96 pitches, 73 were strikes.

Iwakuma owns a 3.09 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP over 16 starts (110 2/3 innings). His next start will come Tuesday at Cleveland.

Mariners give Hisashi Iwakuma, Felix Hernandez extra day


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) The Mariners have announced plans to push pitchers Hisashi Iwakuma and Felix Hernandez back one day.

Iwakuma is now the scheduled starter Thursday in the opening game of a four-game series against the Orioles, while Hernandez is tabbed to start Friday. The team has yet to announce a replacement for Wednesday's start.


Hisashi Iwakuma goes seven strong in no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2014) Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma continued his string of dominant outings but was unable to factor into the decision Friday night against the Angels in Anaheim. The right-hander yielded two runs on six hits and no walks while striking out three over seven innings of work.

Over his last four starts covering 28 2/3 innings, Iwakuma has allowed only five earned runs. He owns a 2.95 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP over 15 starts (103 2/3 innings). His next start will come Wednesday at home against the Mets. He is 4-4 with a 2.81 ERA in nine starts at Safeco Field this season.


Mariners line up post-break rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon announced his team's post-All-Star-break rotation plans Sunday, and Hisashi Iwakuma was given the nod to start the second-half opener Friday against the Angels.

He will be followed by Felix Hernandez and Chris Young in the three-game series at Los Angeles. Roenis Elias will then open a series at home against the Mets July 21, but McClendon did not announce a starter for the second game of the New York series. 

It is assumed Taijuan Walker will rejoin the rotation from Triple-A Tacoma. However, McClendon didn't seem pleased with how Walker fared for Tacoma Saturday, according to MLB.com. Walker allowed one run on four hits and one walk in five innings, but he needed 83 pitches and had only one strikeout. McClendon said the bar needs to be raised for Walker.


Hisashi Iwakuma nearly goes the distance in win over A's


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma nearly went the distance Saturday against the A's, improving to 8-4 on the season. The right-hander yielded a two-run home run to Brandon Moss in the ninth inning, which prevented a complete game shutout. He permitted two runs on five hits and no walks while striking out eight over 8 2/3 innings of a 6-2 win.

Iwakuma enters the All-Star break with a 2.98 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP over 14 starts (96 2/3 innings). He will look to win his fourth straight decision in his next start after the break, though the Mariners have yet to announce their pitching plans for next week.

Hisashi Iwakuma, Chris Young set for weekend series


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) The Mariners set their rotation for this weekend's series against the Athletics Wednesday, according to The News Tribune.

Felix Hernandez was bumped back a day to start Friday, as previously announced. Hisashi Iwakuma will follow him Saturday, and Chris Young will get one more start before the All-Star break, set for Sunday's first half closer.