After back-to-back subpar outings, Hisashi Iwakuma has a chance to rebound on Tuesday night against the Astros at Minute Maid Park.
Hisashi Iwakuma was punished for five runs on eight hits over just four innings last Wednesday against the Red Sox. Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon still doesn't think that Iwakuma's stiff neck is 100 percent healthy. The Japanese left-hander has given up 10 runs over nine innings (10.00 ERA) over his last two starts. Iwakuma hopefully can turn things around against the Astros tonight.ANALYST: Drew Phelps
Robinson Cano went 4-for-5 with a home run, a double, three RBI, and two runs scored on Wednesday afternoon against the Padres.
Getting clocked in the head on Sunday must have knocked something back into place for the perennial All-Star second baseman, as on Wednesday afternoon he went 4-for-5 with three RBI and a triple shy of the cycle. The home run was his fifth of the season, and the best sign of all was that it was hit the opposite way with some serious authority. Cano’s issue for most of this season is that he appeared pull happy, where he would often roll his hands over and couldn’t protect the outside part of the plate. If he can continue going the other way and peppering the ball all over the yard like he did on Wednesday afternoon, expect yet another historic second half for the second baseman. Analysis: Dom Murtha
James Shields went 6 2/3 innings, allowed two runs, on four hits, and four walks, while striking out seven in a loss on Wednesday afternoon agains the Mariners.
When looking at the final score, most would figure that Shields just didn’t have it on Wednesday afternoon, but he actually looked good and kept things close, while the bullpen let the game get away in the later innings. Shields went 6 2/3 innings, allowed only two runs, and struck out seven. His walk total was a bit concerning (4), but considering his veteran status; lets give Shields the benefit of the doubt. In a losing effort here, Shields still gave fantasy owners a good enough performance. Analysis: Dom Murtha
Taijuan Walker went six innings, allowed zero runs, on only one hit, while striking out seven in a win on Wednesday afternoon against the Padres
The circumstances of playing in a National League park (no DH) spoiled Walker’s dazzling performance, as he was pinch hit for in the top of the seventh inning, taking from him, the opportunity to further the one hit shutout. Fantasy owners will be pleased with what Walker was able to accomplish on Wednesday afternoon (six innings, zero earned, one hit, no walks, seven strikeouts), especially considering how mediocre he has been all season long prior to this outing. The only real issue here is that greedy fantasy owners will be wondering what could have been. Analysis: Dom Murtha