Originally written on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 9/20/13
Everyone knows that Felix Hernandez is the alpha-male of the Seattle Mariners starting rotation, but the team has also cashed in a fantastic season from an unlikely source. Japanese import Hisashi Iwakuma has put up a huge year and has given Seattle an excellent 1-2 punch at the top of their rotation. After Wednesday’s dominant, 8 inning 0 run performance against the Detroit Tigers (who boast one of the best line-ups in the league), Iwakuma is now 13-6 with an excellent 2.76 ERA and an even better 1.02 WHIP. He’s also struck out 176 batters in 211.2 innings. The 31-year-old righty now has a 1.16 WHIP and an All-Star appearance over the course of his two MLB seasons. Iwakuma is a long-time veteran of the Japanese leagues, spending his most productive time with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles from 2005-2011. The Mariners signed him before the start of last season and originally had him coming out of the bullpen before plugging him into the rotation. Overall, he went 9-5 wit...
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