Every week in Major League Baseball there are a handful of excellent pitching matchups for fans to keep an eye on. These are just some of the games to keep an eye on in the week to come:
Hisashi Iwakuma (R-SEA) vs. Jordan Zimmermann (R-WAS)
Friday, 10:05 ET
This is the marquee matchup—and incidentally the only one that isn’t intra-divisional—of what is a pretty sparse week...
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was a little worried writing about Hisashi Iwakuma today. I'd been planning to praise Jack Zduriencik for the signing and subsequent extension of Iwakuma for a few weeks, but hadn't found the right time to write about it. Penning it today, hours before his start in an important game, didn't seem like the best idea, but I rolled with it anyway.
No curse today.
Somewhere along the line in their development, pitchers are instructed to try to control the running game. At younger ages, pitchers are more able to stop runners than catchers are, since the catchers aren’t very good and the runners aren’t very good. At upper levels, catchers tend to get most of the credit, and indeed […]
What do Hisashi Iwakuma, Kyugi Fujikawa, and Hiroki Kuroda have in common? Yes, there are Japanese pitchers playing in the Majors. They also wear 18 on their back. Coincidence? No.
The number 18 is a significant number in Japanese baseball. Greats like Tsuneo Horiuchi and Masumi Kuwata, both of the Yomiuri Giants, wore 18. The number eventually became the Giants ace’s number.
8 Innings Each In First 3 Starts Says It All
It’s simply amazing to me just how little people take notice of a pitcher like the Seattle Mariners‘ Hisashi Iwakuma. It’s almost like if you can’t throw it 95 MPH and strike out at least a dozen per game, you can’t be considered a dominated pitcher.
I’ve been accused of being “old school” when it comes to my baseball...
Despite the chill still hanging in the air and winter not taking a hint on when to leave, Opening Day is now a mere four days way. For the Seattle Mariners, the season will open on the road as they take on the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. We all know on Monday, March 31st, that Felix Hernandez will once again take the hill as the Opening Day starter for Seattle. What happens...
People will think I’m crazy when the read this next sentence, and most will disagree. The Mariners should trade starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma. There, I said it. This has been, in my opinion, my best trade idea. Sure, Iwakuma was incredible last season. But now, lets delve into this idea and the madness behind it all.
First and foremost, Iwakuma is 32. By the idea of a players...
Mariners start offseason off right
The Seattle Mariners announced late Friday night that they have extended starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma on a two-year deal worth at least $14 million.
It’s being reported that he’ll get $6.5 million in both 2013 and 2014, with a $1 million buyout attached to a $7 million option for 2015.
2012 was Iwakuma’s first year in the Major League’s...
Mariners reliever Hisashi Iwakuma managed to notch a save Wednesday night despite Seattle whipping the Texas Rangers by a score of 21-8.