Hisashi Iwakuma Named American League Cy Young Finalist
Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma has been named one of three finalists for the American League Cy Young Award, joining Detroit’s Max Scherzer and Texas’ Yu Darvish.
Iwakuma had a breakout season going 14-6 with a 2.66 ERA in 33 starts. He ranked 3rd in the AL in ERA and 2nd with a club-record 1.006 WHIP.
Here are some bullet points on his amazing season. Congrats to Kuma on the very-much deserved recognition as a Cy Young Finalist!
- 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).
- Ranked 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 ’09) and Randy Johnson (2.28 in ’97, 2.48 in ’95).
- Named Mariners Pitcher of the Year by the Seattle chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America.
- Among AL leaders ranked 3rd in innings pitched (219.2), 3rd in opponent batting average (.220), T4th in quality starts (23), T4th in games started (33), 5th in opponent OPS (.630) and 12th in strikeouts (185).
- Led the Majors and 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.
- 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.
- Ranked 2nd in the AL and set a Mariners single-season record with a 1.006 WHIP (Walks + Hits per IP).
- 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 Japanese career-high of 201.2 IP during his Pacific League MVP season in 2008…IP total was 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.