RP - FA
Yoshihisa Hirano picked up the save on Wednesday when he allowed two runs on three hits while striking out one and walking one in the Mariners 3-2 win over the Astros.
Hirano battled some adversity en route to picking up his fourth save of the year. He entered to protect a 3-0 lead and promptly walked Kyle Tucker to start things off. He then recorded two straight outs before giving up a double and back-to-back singles. He whiffed Jose Altuve to end drama and secure the win. Hirano has been pretty shaky as the Mariners closer but he's a perfect 4-for-4 in save chances to go along with a 3.75 ERA and 1.75 WHIP. The win kept the M's slim playoff hopes alive.
Yoshihisa Hirano worked his way out of self-induced bases-loaded jam to pick up his third save of the season on Saturday when he pitched one scoreless inning while allowing three hits in the Mariners 4-1 win over the Padres.
Hirano was making his first appearance in five days as the M's had hit the skids and dropped four games in a row, rendering no opportunities until Saturday. He showed some rust as he gave up three-straight singles to load the bases with no outs to start things off. Hirano settled down in a major way by inducing a Jake Cronenworth comebacker, which was turned for a 1-2-3 double play; he then got Jurickson Profar to ground out to end the threat and the game. The 36-year old is a perfect 3-for-3 in save chances this year to go along with a 2.70 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, and a 8:4 K/BB ratio across 10 innings pitched. He is Scott Servais' preferred ninth inning man but the M's face a tough schedule down the final stretch so it's unclear how many save opportunities Hirano will get.
Yoshihisa Hirano worked a scoreless seventh inning in Game 1 of the Mariners doubleheader against the A's on Monday to pick up his second save of the season.
Hirano came in for the save after the Mariners staged an impressive comeback after being down five runs earlier in the game. He hit a batter but retired the other three he faced with ease. Hirano appears to be Scott Servais' preferred option at closer but Yohan Ramirez has three saves as well. The murkiness of the situation certainly limits their upside in traditional leagues but both players have value in deeper mixed and AL-only leagues that count holds.
Yoshihisa Hirano gave up a solo home run but struck out the remaining three batters he faced to secure his first save of the season in the Mariners 4-3 win over the Rangers on Sunday.
Hirano entered the game in the ninth inning to protect a two-run lead and struck out Jose Trevino before giving up a home run to Ronald Guzman. He was able to settle down and proceeded to whiff Derek Dietrich and Anderson Tejada in consecutive at-bats to close out the game. Yohan Ramirez still figures to be the preferred closer in Seattle going forward with Hirano mainly working as the set-up ma; Ramirez is the recommended fantasy option of the two. Hirano now owns a 4.50 ERA, 1.83 WHIP, and a 6:4 K/BB ratio over six innings.
Yoshihisa Hirano (COVID-19) continues to throw bullpens in Arizona.
The next step for Hirano will be to move to the Mariners' alternate training site and start facing live hitters. The 36-year-old missed most of summer camp after testing positive for COVID-19 back in June.