Originally written on Baseball Hot Corner  |  Last updated 6/17/13
Hisashi Iwakuma is proving that King Felix isn’t the only notable pitcher in Seattle. Everyone knows about Felix Hernandez. For the last decade-plus, he and Ichiro Suzuki have been the only reasons for Seattle Mariners fans to even bother watching their team. And with Ichiro now in New York with the Yankees, King Felix has become, from a casual fan’s perspective, not only the figurehead of the franchise but even the franchise itself. Owner of a Cy Young award (2010) and a perfect game, Hernandez is a top-level pitcher who has received very little help throughout his career. But Hisashi Iwakuma is trying to change that. While the Mariners (31-39, 3rd in AL West) are still toiling in irrelevance, Iwakuma has been a nice, refreshing bright spot. In 15 starts, he has pitched to an impressive 7-2 record along with a sparkling 2.06 ERA and 0.89 WHIP. There is a certain advantage to pitching in spacious Safeco Field, but even after adjusting for that discrepancy, Iwakuma’s numbers would s...
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