Hisashi Iwakuma pitched 5.1 innings allowing five hits and four earned runs, while striking out three batters to earn a no-decision in the Mariners loss on Monday.
Fantasy Impact: Iwakuma has allowed four runs in each of his first three starts without pitching more than six innings in any contest. Last season, Iwakuma only had five starts last less than six innings, so his numbers to start the season are somewhat concerning. He definitely warrants a roster spot, but monitor his next few starts to see if he can make some progress deeper into games.
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Wed, Apr 15th 2:59pm EDT
By Jordan Coover
Hisashi Iwakuma has struggled in each of his first two starts this season. This time Iwakuma faced the Dodgers and surrended six hits, three walks, and four earned runs. Iwakuma lasted just five innings and had five strikeouts as well.
Fantasy Impact: This was another tough match up for Iwakuma who has been knocked around to begin the season, but has faced good teams. You should not get too worried just yet if you own him, Iwakuma should be able to turn things around when he faces the Astros on April 20th.
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Hisashi Iwakuma took on the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday and it did not go so well. He was knocked around for five runs, four earned, and nine hits in six innings. He struck out three and didn't walk a batter.
Fantasy Impact: Iwakuma threw strikes like he normally does on Wednesday but the Angels hitters were all over him. He relies on movement and location so on nights where he is getting too much of the plate, he is prone to getting hit hard. Be careful starting him next week as he is set to take on the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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Following a rumor in which the Boston Red Sox had contacted the Seattle Mariners in regards to Hisashi Iwakuma, many speculated a trade could be reached with Yoenis Cespedes headed to the Emerald City. According to Jayson Stark's contact, the Mariners have no intention of trading their number two starter. (Source: Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: While Hisashi Iwakuma might be a number two starter for the Seattle Mariners, he has ace like potential for fantasy baseball managers. Furthermore, Iwakuma could be a value on draft day for numerous reasons. First, an age bias could be in place as Iwakuma will be 34-years old next season. Also, for fantasy owners who solely project by the numbers, a drop in innings from 219.2 in 2013 to 179.0 in 2014, could raise an injury red-flag and further lower his draft-day cost. While Iwakuma missed the first five weeks of the 2014 season, it was a freak finger injury that knocked Iwakuma out of action, as his finger got tangled in a training net. Iwakuma is one of the best pitchers in the game when it comes to limiting walks, commanding the strike-zone and keeping batted-balls on the ground. While a 3.52 ERA in 2014 was nearly a run-higher than his 2013 2.66 ERA, a 3.25/2.85 FIP/xFIP shows the slightly inflated ERA was not due to any sort of skill loss. Invest confidentially.