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Hisashi Iwakuma (SP)

Seattle Mariners - 74% owned

Bats: R, Throws: R

Hisashi Iwakuma went 5.2 innings allowing two runs on five hits, while striking out five batters. He did not walk a batter.

Fantasy Impact: This was Iwakuma's third start since coming off of the disabled list and while it did not compare to his last outing where he pitched eight innings of shutout ball, he was able to command the strike-zone. Iwakuma is a pitcher who is ready to breakout in the second half of the season and should regain his form from the past two years that saw him accumulate 29 wins with an ERA hovering around three.


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Hisashi Iwakuma allowed five runs on eight hits in five innings against the Tigers on Monday. He had no walks and three strikeouts in the outing.

Fantasy Impact: Iwakuma returned from the DL after suffering a shoulder injury, but was unable to be effective in his first start back. Four of the five runs Iwakuma allowed were off four solo home runs, as he could never settle in or find consistency. Until Iwakuma puts a good start or two together he should not be used in fantasy except for possibly AL-Only leagues.


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The Seattle Mariners will activate SP Hisashi Iwakuma from the disabled list Monday, according to Bob Dutton of The Tacoma News Tribune. (Source: Bob Dutton on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Iwakuma had been on the DL since late April with a strained lat muscle. He struggled mightily prior to hitting the DL, but he had previously been a solid start for the M's. You will want to wait and see how he returns, but he could become a streaming option or DFS target depending on matchup.


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Positive feedback from Iwakuma's bullpen Thursday at Tacoma. Iwakuma will throw a sim game of three innings (45 pitches) at Class-A Everett on Monday (Source: Ryan Divish on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It looks like Hisashi Iwakuma is finally starting to progress with his rehab. It's encouraging news although he's probably still a couple weeks away from making a start for the Mariners.


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Mariners SP Hisashi Iwakuma has been shut down for up to two weeks while rehabbing a latissimus injury behind his right shoulder. (Source: Joe Nicholson - USA Today)

Fantasy Impact: The news buys starters like J.A. Happ, Roenis Elias, and even prospect Taijuan Walker a few more starts to prove that they deserve to stay in the rotation. While it wasn't clear whose starting gig was in jeopardy, Walker owners had to be concerned that he could be sent down to Tacoma if he didn't turn things around soon. Walker looks to build off of a solid start last time out as he takes on Baltimore tonight.


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Hisashi Iwakuma suffered a strained lat muscle and was placed on the 15-day DL Friday. For now the extent of his absence is unknown, but the results of his upcoming MRI will give us a better estimate of how long to expect him out.

Fantasy Impact: This is a big blow to the Mariners' rotation and fantasy owner as well. But maybe it will be good for Iwakuma to take some time off and get healthy. He has not been himself so far this year, giving up four earned runs in each of his three starts. Roenis Elias will be called up from Triple-A Tacoma to take the spot of Iwakuma in the rotation.


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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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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.