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Hisashi Iwakuma For Cy Young

With the 2013 season coming to a close, the Mariners wanted to pass along information on starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma highlighting his excellent season. We are fully aware of the many deserving pitchers in the American League that should be mentioned in the Cy Young race, and hope the following information on Iwakuma leaves an impression. Teammate Felix Hernandez has also had a solid season (12-9, 2.99 ERA with one start remaining), with several of his statistical rankings highlighted in this email, but you guys already know most things King Felix related!

·          Finished his second Major League season going 14-6 with a 2.66 ERA (65 ER, 219.2 IP) in 33 starts (23 quality starts).

·          Ranks 3rd in the American League with a 2.66 ERA…5th-lowest ERA in Mariners history, trailing Felix Hernandez (2.27 in ’10, 2.49 in ’01) and Randy Johnson (2.28 in ’97, 2.48 in ’95).

·          Among AL leaders also ranks T1st in games started (33), 2nd in innings pitched (219.2), 3rd in opponent batting average (.220), T3rd in quality starts (23), 6th in opponent OPS (.630) and T9th in strikeouts (185).

·          Record 5 no-decisions when pitching at least 6.0 innings with 0 ER allowed, tied for most during the searchable era (since 1916) with Roger Clemens in 2005…posted a 2.88 ERA (27 ER, 84.1 IP) in 13 no-decisions.

·          Ranks 2nd in the AL and set a Mariners single-season record with a 1.006 WHIP (Walks + Hits per IP).

·          Leads the Majors and has set a Mariners record with 10 starts where he pitched at least 6.0 innings and did not allow an ER (5-0, 5 no-decisions)…Felix Hernandez recorded 9 starts of 6.0 or more IP, 0 ER in 2009.

·          Went 4-0 with a 1.62 ERA (10 ER, 55.2 IP) over his final 8 starts of the season (8/16-9/25) to lower ERA from 3.02 to 2.66.

·          Went 2-0 with a 0.76 ERA (3 ER, 35.2 IP) in 5 starts in September…2nd-lowest ERA in a month in club history (min. 4 GS), trailing only the 0.50 mark by Mark Langston in September 1988 (3 ER, 53.2 IP, 6 GS).

·          Selected to his first All-Star game, but did not pitch due to starting the final game before the All-Star break.

·          Pitched in a career-high 219.2 innings, besting his career-high of 201.2 IP in Japan during his Pacific League MVP season in 2008…IP is T3rd-most by a Japanese born pitcher trailing only Hideo Nomo (228.1 in 1996, 220.1 in 2002).

·          Ended the season with a streak of 23.0 consecutive scoreless innings, including 8.0 scoreless innings in his season finale Sept. 25 vs. KC.

·          Recorded a career-high 23.2 scoreless innings streak May 26-June 10 (8th-longest in club history)…did not allow an ER in 31.2 consecutive innings (5/26-6/17), the 2nd-longest streak in club history (34.0 IP, Mark Langston, 1988).

·          Was the only MLB pitcher with two scoreless streaks of at least 20.0 innings during the season…joins Freddy Garcia (2001) as the only pitcher in club history with a pair of scoreless innings streaks of at least 20.0 IP in a single season.

·          Recorded 25.0 consecutive scoreless innings on the road to end the season, tied for the longest streak in club history (8/21-9/18)…Brian Holman (6/27-7/19/84) and Randy Johnson (5/25-6/15/94) also had road scoreless streaks of 25.0 innings…recorded the 3rd-lowest road ERA in club history at 2.45, trailing Felix Hernandez (1.99 in ‘09) & Randy Johnson (2.45 in ‘95).

·          Recorded 10 starts without walking a batter, T2nd-most in the AL (Colon – 12, Price – 10) and T2nd-most in club history (Moyer – 11 in 2002)…ranked 3rd in AL with 1.72 BB/9.0 IP and 4th with 4.40 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

·          Tied for the AL lead with 4 starts where he recorded 7 or more strikeouts without allowing a walk (Ervin Santana – KC & David Price – TB).

·          Matched career-high (6 times) with 8.0 innings pitched…was only 2-0 with 4 no-decisions (1.69 ERA) when pitching 8.0 innings.

·          Held opponents to a .184 average with runners in scoring position (26x141) and .111 with RISP/2 outs (7x63).

·          Since making his first MLB start on July 2, 2012, combined to go 22-10 with a 2.66 ERA, the 6th-lowest ERA in the Majors during that span.

·          Opened the season going 7-1, 1.79 ERA in his first 14 starts of the season (ranked 2nd in the AL in ERA following 6/10 start vs. HOU).