The Seattle Mariners, In Heartbreaking Fashion, Miss the Playoffs

The Seattle Mariners’ 2014 season is a wrap. It took 162 games to eliminate the Mariners from post-season for the 13th consecutive year. They did everything they could to push the Oakland Athletics to a one-game playoff for the second wild card spot. Unfortunately for the Mariners, they needed help from the Texas Rangers and that didn’t happen. The A’s knocked off the Rangers...
Via Oregon Sports News
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Seattle stays alive with 4-3 win over Angels

Manager Lloyd McClendon wanted to make the point clear to his team: Playing a meaningful 161st game of the season is an accomplishment. Whether No. 162 will have any significance will depend on how much help the Seattle Mariners get from other teams. "I like where we are," McClendon said. "I wish we were a little closer, but we'll see what happens." Kendrys...
Via Pro Sports Daily
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels drop the first one against Seattle

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim traveled to Seattle, where they began their final series of the regular season, against the Mariners.Jered Weaver (18-8, 3.52 ERA) and Hisashi Iwakuma (14-9, 3.54 ERA) were the starters in the first of three.But before the Halos’ game started, Baltimore’s finished. The Orioles lost to Toronto, giving the Angels the #1 seed, and home-field advantage...
Via In The Neutral Zone
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Series Preview: Angels vs. Mariners vs. Conflicted

I am so conflicted as to what to root for in this series. On one hand, I really want to see the Oakland collapse be totally complete with them falling out of a playoff spot altogether. To do that, the Angels are going to have to lose at least two of these games. In a perfect world, this would result in a one-game playoff between Oakland and Seattle before the Wild Card game, which...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners Tickets Below Season Average For Series Vs Angels

The Seattle Mariners are on the brink of being eliminated from the playoffs. Seattle is two games behind Oakland for the second Wild Card spot in the American League. While the A’s get to play a weekend series against the last place Texas Rangers, the Mariners will be hosting the first place Los Angeles Angels. On the secondary market, the average price for Seattle Mariners tickets...
Via On-Base Talk
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners Injury Update: Hisashi Iwakuma battling groin and back problems

The Seattle Mariners defeated the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday by the score of 7-5. The win improved the Mariners to 84-75, third in the American League West. With three games remaining, the Mariners are two games out of a wild card spot. Hisashi Iwakuma is scheduled to pitch on Friday against the first-place Los Angeles Angels, but he's been battling groin and back problems...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Can The Seattle Mariners Pitching Staff Last Another Week Or Two?

With 10 games left in the season the pennant race has turned into a sprint for the two Wild Card spots in the American League. The Seattle Mariners have found themselves in unfamiliar territory. They trail the Oakland Athletics and the Kansas City Royals by a game for the second wild card spot and have a legitimate shot at making the playoffs for the first time since 2001. The pitching...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

World Series Odds: Angels remain baseball betting favorite in mid-September

The Los Angeles Angels are 16-3 SU over their last 19 games and 10-1 SU over their last 11 games, widening their lead in the AL West to 10 games in the process. The Angels are a 5/1 favorite to win the World Series and will look to stay hot this week hosting the Seattle Mariners in a four-game series starting on Monday. In the series opener on Monday night, Matt Shoemaker and the...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Albert Pujols leaves game with hamstring cramp

According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, Albert Pujols was forced to exit tonight’s game against the Mariners in the fourth inning with a left hamstring cramp. Pujols clutched at the back of his leg while running to second base on a bases-clearing double off Hisashi Iwakuma in the bottom of the third inning. Fortunately, it doesn’t appear to be serious and could...
Via Pro Sports Daily
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels beat up Iwakuma and Seattle; clinch playoff spot

With their 10-game winning snapped by the Astros yesterday, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim began a four-game series against the Seattle Mariners, with their Magic Number sitting at four.Matt Shoemaker and Hisashi Iwakuma were the starters in Game One.In the bottom of the third, the Halos rattled Iwakuma and took a 4-0 lead with an Albert Pujols three-RBI double, and a RBI double...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels beat Mariners, become first team to clinch playoff spot

  The Los Angeles Angels on Monday night became the first team in the major leagues to clinch a playoff spot, with Matt Shoemaker pitching five-hit ball into the eighth inning of an 8-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners. David Freese and Brennan Boesch homered for the big-league-leading Angels (94-56), who reduced their magic number to three in the American League West race with...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

By the Numbers: Angels vs. Mariners 9/15

Game 149 of 162Angel Stadium: Anaheim, CA, 7:05 PM PST Television: Fox-Sports WestPitching Matchup:LAA- RHP Matt Shoemaker (15-4 3.16 ERA)vs.SEA- RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (14-7 3.11 ERA)Playoff Picture:Should the Angels beat the Mariners, they will clinch a spot in the 2014 Playoffs. To clinch the American League Western Division, the Angels need any combination of their wins and Oakland...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Series Preview: Angels vs. Mariners vs. Clinch

This could be the clinchiest series the Angels ever clinched. They can clinch a playoff berth and the AL West title all in this series. They can also clinch at least a tie for their second-most wins in a season ever at 97. The only thing they can’t clinch is the best record in the AL, though they can push it pretty close. The downside of that is that this could be the last semi...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Building a Great Bullpen

There are a number of reasons that the Seattle Mariners find themselves in a heated race for a playoff spot as the 2014 season winds down. Felix Hernandez for one, and Robinson Cano and Hisashi Iwakuma, for two and three. And Kyle Seager, for four. They upgraded both their outfield defense and the back of […]
Via Fangraphs
20 days ago  |  Discuss

DraftKings – Fading the Mound Toppers

I’ve got serious questions surrounding the top pitching options today. Strasburg could quite possibly be the most overrated pitcher in the National League if not all of baseball. He gets owned by the Braves. James Shields faces the surging Detroit offense who he has a history of having trouble with. Samardzija has a history of really wearing down in September. If I have to...
Via Razzball
21 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Bryce Harper HR nails Safeco Field restaurant window

Safeco Field is arguably one of the toughest places to hit a home run in Major League Baseball, so why did Bryce Harper make it look so easy in the 2nd inning? Because he’s Bryce Harper. With the game scoreless, Harper demolished a  Hisashi Iwakuma 72 mph gift into the right field seats, and bounced it right off one of the windows in the Safeco Field restaurant. Not only did those...
Via DC Sports-Kings
August 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Potential Pitcher Duels: Aug. 26–31

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...
Via The Sports Post
August 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Another reminder that Hisashi Iwakuma is great

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August 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Daily DraftKings Picks: Wednesday, Aug 20

Yesterday was a very high-scoring day! Stephen Strasburg was good (25.60 points) but Hisashi Iwakuma was great (41.60 points) and the Brewers stack started out strong with strong with six runs and five doubles (wow!) in the first five innings. Overall half of my pitching showed up and most of my offense came to play. This lineup beat 74% of all other lineups in the Daily Moonshot...
Via Baseball Professor
August 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Iwakuma dazzles M's to 5-2 victory over the Phillies

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. What the...
Via Pro Sports Daily
August 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Hisashi Iwakuma and an Unexpected Record

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 […]
Via Fangraphs
August 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Can The Seattle Mariners Deliver In September?

It’s mid-August and the Seattle Mariners are still relevant. With six weeks left to play, the Mariners are a half game out of the second wild card spot. If they reach the postseason, it will end a drought of 13 years. This is the fun time to be a Mariners fan. Every game matters and scoreboard watching is a must. With an eye towards the postseason, looking at their roster – there’s...
Via Oregon Sports News
August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Morales, Iwakuma help Mariners beat Blue Jays 2-0

SEATTLE (AP) Kendrys Morales hit a two-run home run in the first inning and starter Hisashi Iwakuma pitched into the seventh to help the Seattle Mariners beat the Toronto Blue Jays 2-0 Wednesday night, completing a sweep of the three-game series. Morales' homer was his second in three at-bats, a span that started Tuesday night. He has four extra-base hits in three games, twice...
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August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Daily SP Rankings: Wednesday, Aug 13

Wednesday lacks marquee pitching names — unless you consider Jordan Zimmermann, Hisashi Iwakuma, and Homer Bailey “marquee”…OK, Iwakuma might be — but as always I have some thoughts on the day’s action! The Tigers lost Anibal Sanchez and now maybe Justin Verlander to injury. Buck Farmer gets the call on Wednesday. Who’s Farmer? Aside from having one of the better names...
Via Baseball Professor
August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

The Number Behind Seattle Mariners Pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma

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. Currently...
Via Oregon Sports News
August 11, 2014  |  Discuss
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