Hisashi Iwakuma
Hisashi Iwakuma

Hisashi Iwakuma (SP)

Seattle Mariners

Bats: R   Throws: R

In 6.2 IP, Hisashi Iwakuma held the Athletics to just two runs, and earned his first win in his last five starts.

Fantasy Impact: Iwakuma has been steady all year, and should continue to do so for a Mariners team that is continuing to compete at full strength.

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Hisashi Iwakuma held the Athletics down for 5.1 IP. Iwakuma allowed three earned runs and nine hits, but secured the 4-3 victory.

Fantasy Impact: Iwakuma continues a steady campaign after an offseason that saw him fail a medical exam for the Dodgers. With excellent run support and respectable defense, trust Kuma every five days in your lineup.

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Hisashi Iwakuma dominant in win

Thu, Aug 4th 6:45pm EDT
By Kyle Smith

Hisashi Iwakuma had a tough task facing the heavy-hitting Red Sox, but he turned in a big time start. He went 7 1/3 innings allowing just five hits, no runs, no walks, and striking out seven.

Fantasy Impact: Iwakuma has really been pitching well as of late and this may have been his best start of the season. The Red Sox could not solve him all night and his control was pinpoint. Iwakuma is a great option in fantasy leagues for the rest of the season.

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Mariners started Hisashi Iwakuma will take the mound on Saturday against the Houston Astros.

Fantasy Impact: James Paxton gets the first start out of the break before the Mariners turn to Iwakuma. He has had an up-and-down first half with a 9-6 record and 4.25 ERA. He is not a strong start in DFS leagues against the Astros.

Despite allowing 10 hits in just six IP, Hisashi iwakuma was fortunate enough to be given nine runs of support, allowing his four ER performance against the Orioles to be overlooked. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: The O's are one of the MLB's best offenses, so there is no shame in having a subpar performance against them. Iwakuma performed will, relatively, and looks likely to be the beneficiary of the return of Seattle's full-power offense, not to mention Leonys Martin and Ketel Marte on defense.

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Hisashi Iwakuma stymies Pirates

Wed, Jun 29th 11:30pm EDT
By John Trupin

On Tuesday night, the Japanese righty was solid, going 6 2/3 innings, shutting down the Pirates for a 5-2 win.

Fantasy Impact: With the entire Mariners' rotation falling apart around him, the often injury-prone Iwakuma has been the mainstay. Despite underwhelming numbers, his presence on the mound puts Seattle in position to win every night, and Seattle's still strong offense makes him a worthy start.

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Hisashi Iwakuma got knocked around by the Tigers on Wednesday. He lasted 4 2/3 innings and allowed five runs on 11 hits and three walks. He also added three strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: This poor performance caused Iwakuma's ERA to shoot up to 4.45 on the season. His record dropped to an even 6-6 as well. Iwakuma's best days are clearly behind him, but he is a solid start when the match up is right.

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Despite seven IP with seven Ks and just four hits allowed, Iwakuma was saddled with the 3-2 loss due to two unearned runs.

Fantasy Impact: Iwakuma has been the only Seattle starter to consistently perform well in the past couple weeks, but was undone by errors from backups at shortstop (Luis Sardinas) and in the outfield (Stefan Romero). When Ketel Marte and Leonys Martin return next week, owners can hope for improved performance from the whole Mariners team.

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Hisashi Iwakuma turned in an excellent start going seven innings allowing three runs - one earned - on four hits and one walk. He also racked up seven strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: The Mariners defense let Iwakuma down with two blunders that led to the unearned runs in the fifth inning. Outside of that, Iwakuma was brilliant against on baseball's best offenses. He now sits at 4-5 with a 4.13 ERA.

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With the Mariners' scoring 16 runs off an ineffective James Shields on Tuesday, Iwakuma needed to do little more than throw the ball over the plate and let San Diego hit themselves out. He allowed 4 earned runs on 3 home runs, but all came late in the game after the outcome was decided.

Fantasy Impact: Iwakuma was perfect thru the first 4 innings, and by the time San Diego started scoring, they were already 16 runs in the hole. Iwakuma has not looked as sharp as we have seen him this season, but has been the beneficiary of decent run support on a number of occasions.

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Hisashi Iwakuma got plenty of run support in a 13-to-3 victory over the Athletics. He tossed 7 innings allowing three runs on eight hits. He did not walk anyone and also struck out eight.

Fantasy Impact: Iwakuma was around the strike zone all night like he normally is. He now sits at 3-4 with a 4.33 ERA. He has not started the season off too great but he has given the Mariners a chance to win almost every start. He now has two straight victories and will look to keep it going in his next start which is scheduled to be against the Padres.

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Iwakuma was on the hook for a loss most of Friday, but a late surge by Seattle's offense lifted him to a win. Iwakuma allowed three earned runs on six hits and notched six K to three BB.

Fantasy Impact: Despite not looking precise, Iwakuma was still able to give the Mariners a chance to win, and with the offense clicking like it is, that's often all they'll need to give Iwakuma a win.

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Following a no-decision Saturday night, Iwakuma's ERA dropped to 4.38. While the right-hander has had decent success, the rise of Taijuan Walker appears to have usurped Iwakuma's spot as the second best pitcher on the Mariner's staff.

Fantasy Impact: Like all Mariners' starters, the recent struggles of the depleted bullpen cast a pall on their ceiling's, particularly for leagues that value pitcher wins highly. Iwakuma's effectiveness has always fluctuated based on his health, but he should still be a decent option moving forward.

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After being bumped up a day, Iwakuma delivered a stellar performance, throwing eight innings against Los Angeles, and allowing just two earned runs, though he received only a no-decision.

Fantasy Impact: Iwakuma was extremely efficient, making it through eight innings on just 89 pitches. While the talented righty has struggled with health and stamina during his career, he seems to be at full strength right now and is a solid option every time he starts.

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With Hernandez suffering from an illness, Iwakuma will start one day early against the Angels, but due to a recent travel day, he will be on normal rest. (Source: Ryan Divish on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Iwakuma has not dominated this season, but has historically had success against the Angels. In 86.1 innings, Iwakuma has a 2.71 ERA with a 67/8 K/BB ratio and a WHIP of 0.961.

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Despite an offensive explosion for the Mariners, starter Hisashi Iwakuma was unable to capitalize with a win, as the right-hander racked up 90 pitches through five innings, despite only allowing two earned runs against the Rangers

Fantasy Impact: Iwakuma only has one career complete game (his no-hitter last year) and is commonly held at a pitch count around 90-100 pitches. While this can be frustrating for owners, Iwakuma is generally effective when healthy, so any methodology that seeks to prevent injury to the talented but fragile pitcher still has benefits for owners.

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Hisashi Iwakuma, who missed ten weeks in 2015 due to injury, and had a deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers voided this offseason due to a failed physical, was perfect in two innings on Sunday against the Texas Rangers. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Iwakuma is expected to be the Mariners second starting pitcher going into the season, a position he has held for the past few years with skill. Iwakuma is always an injury risk, but when healthy has been one of the most effective pitchers in the American League.

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Hisashi Iwakuma has re-signed with the Seattle Mariners on a one-year deal. The Dodgers, who had previously inked Iwakuma to a three-year, $45 million deal, backed out after seeing his physical. (Source: Shannon Drayer on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After losing out on Zack Greinke and backing away from Iwakuma, the Dodgers projected starting rotation is Clayton Kershaw, Brett Anderson, Mike Bolsinger, Alex Wood with Hyun-Jin Ryu and Brandon McCarthy both returning from injury.

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Dodgers sign Hisashi Iwakuma

Mon, Dec 7th 10:56am EST
By Blaine Blontz

The Dodgers have signed RHP Hisashi Iwakuma to a three-year, $45 million free-agent contract. Iwakuma had spent the previous four seasons with the Mariners after making the jump to the majors from Japan. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Los Angeles missed on several higher-profile SPs, but Iwakuma should still provide solid value. He'll remain in a pitcher's park, but he gets a boost in win opportunities playing for a stronger team moving forward. He should be a great fantasy asset for ERA and WHIP, though he doesn't strike out a ton of batters (7.6 K/9 over career).

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Hisashi Iwakuma tossed seven innings of shutout ball, limiting the hard-hitting Royals to only three hits and a walk while he struck out ten. Iwakuma picked up his ninth win of the season to only four losses.

Fantasy Impact: Iwakuma easily could have pitched longer into the night, but the Mariners staff was cautious with him as he left his last start with lower back tightness. He's been excellent his month, allowing more than two runs only once.

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Hisashi Iwakuma was excellent on Wednesday, limiting the Angels to only one run (a David Murphy home run) over six innings and tallying an impressive nine strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: Iwakuma's quality of starts has bumped around a bit of late, but Wednesday's gem was a big weight off of many fantasy owner's shoulders. Iwakuma will get a tough draw in his next start Tuesday versus the Kansas City Royals.

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Hisashi Iwakuma held batters to a .187 batting average for the month of August, pitching a no-hitter on August 12 and finishing the month 4-1 with a 3.21 ERA. Iwakuma has a 3.73 ERA in the second half and has a 5-2 record as well. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Although injures have hurt Iwakuma's stock in the 2015 season, he has held batters to a .238 batting average for the season and has 18 walks in 89 2/3 innings. Home runs have hurt Iwakuma, he has allowed 14 in 14 starts, but he can be a SP3 for the rest of the season.

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Hisashi Iwakuma no-hits Orioles

Wed, Aug 12th 6:22pm EDT
By Clinton Ho

Iwakuma was dealing on Wednesday and finished the game with a no-hitter. The Orioles got on base three times with walks, but that was all Iwakuma gave up as he racked up 7 strikeouts to cap his performance.

Fantasy Impact: Iwakuma now has 6 wins in his last 7 games pitched. The more impressive part is these wins came against quality offensive opponents in the Orioles, Rangers, Twins, Tigers, Yankees and Angels.

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Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma stymied the Minnesota Twins offense on Sunday, going 8 2/3 innings and allowed just three hits and one run on a home run in the 9th inning that robbed him of a shutout and a win. Iwakuma has looked closer to full strength in his last five starts, posting an ERA of 2.82 during that span. His eight strikeouts were a season high.

Fantasy Impact: While the Mariners elected to hang on to the talented but seemingly fragile starter, fantasy owners may be looking at Iwakuma's current performance as a potential trading chip. For owners short on pitching, Iwakuma seems to have regained much of his form and could boost a struggling staff down the stretch. Avoiding injury and starts in home run heavy ballparks will be key to making Iwakuma a viable starter.

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The Seattle Mariners were not willing to trade veteran right-handed pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma because the team’s ownership group wants Iwakuma in Seattle. (Source: Seattle PI Blog)

Fantasy Impact: Hisashi Iwakuma has the ownership group behind him, however he has been inconsistent at best in 2015. Keep him benched against teams with good hitting.

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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.