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I think Corey Kluber could give Iwakuma a run for the anonymous ace title, given he's behind only the King (and barely) as the AL's best pitcher this year.
Iwamura's a name I knew.
[his] rate of 0.73 walks per nine innings easily leads all major-league starters and puts him on pace to enter the record books.
Only two qualified American League pitchers in baseball history have posted a walk rate that low in a single season: Carlos Silva (0.43 in 2005) and Cy Young (0.69 in 1904)
Every team, however, has exactly one "ace of the staff." Probably.
He has gone at least seven innings in eight of those 10 starts, allowing more than two runs just once. Perhaps the most impressive statistic of this dominant stretch is this: 65 strikeouts, four walks.
This rate of 0.73 walks per nine innings easily leads all major-league starters
Kyle Lohse allowed 4 walks in 69 IP over 10 starts in April-June
A typical Carlos Silva season was 190 innings, 80 strikeouts, 30 walks and 230 hits. I had no idea he was such a, um… is there a name for that kind of pitcher?
The real question is, per Crispix, what *was* Silva smoking in 2005. 9BB in 188 IP? Anyone remember what was going on? That's Brady Anderson-esque.
I will mention in passing that the M's had their dynamic duo last season, too. Of course both Hernandez and Iwakuma have been even better this season, which wouldn't have predicted.
Maybe the biggest different this season, though? Aside from Robinson Cano? Last season the M's finished with a 4.58 relief ERA, 14th in the American League. This season they're at 2.48 ... You want to see the list of teams with lower ERAs?
Yup, that would be none. The M's went from having nearly the worst bullpen to quite possibly the best.
Extreme pitch-to-contact pitcher.
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