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18 Yusei Kikuchi SP

Seattle Mariners

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June 19, 2021 10:56 AM
Mariners' Yusei Kikuchi: Dominant against Rays
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Kikuchi (4-3) earned the win Friday against the Rays after tossing seven innings of one-run ball, allowing four hits and three walks while fanning six.

Kikuchi has given up just one earned run over his last two outings (14 innings) and has been pitching lights out of late, going 3-0 with a 2.05 ERA over his last five appearances and posting four quality starts in that stretch. The southpaw is slated to make his next appearance on the road against the White Sox next week.

June 13, 2021 03:28 PM
Mariners' Yusei Kikuchi: Tosses seven scoreless frames
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Kikuchi didn't factor into the decision Saturday against Cleveland despite tossing seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits and three walks while fanning six.

Kikuchi was in line to get the win Saturday until Rafael Montero blew the save in the bottom of the ninth, but that shouldn't hide the fact that the left-hander delivered one of his best performances of the season despite the fact he dealt with a knee problem throughout the week. Kikuchi has given up two or fewer runs in three of his last four starts, and he's scheduled to take the mound next week at home against the Rays.

June 9, 2021 05:24 PM
Mariners' Yusei Kikuchi: Expected to make next start
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Kikuchi (knee) is fully expected to make his next scheduled start on Saturday, Daniel Kramer of reports.

The left-hander has been on the mend since taking a comebacker on his right knee during his start Saturday against the Angels. Kikuchi was officially diagnosed with a bone bruise and inflammation in the immediate aftermath of the injury, but it appears he's continued to make consistent enough progress to allow manager Scott Servais to confirm his pitcher's availability for Saturday's road turn against the Indians.

June 6, 2021 04:36 PM
Mariners' Yusei Kikuchi: Shows improvement Sunday
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Manager Scott Servais said Sunday that Kikuchi (knee) is experiencing minimal swelling and is feeling better than expected after being hit by a comebacker during his start in Saturday's 12-5 loss to the Angels, Lauren Smith of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Kikuchi was diagnosed with a bone bruise and inflammation in his right knee after being struck in the fifth inning by a David Fletcher line drive. Despite his positivity about Kikuchi's condition, Servais wouldn't confirm whether the southpaw will be able to make his next start, which is currently set for Saturday in Cleveland.

June 6, 2021 06:24 PM
Mariners' Yusei Kikuchi: Diagnosed with knee contusion
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Kikuchi has been diagnosed with a right knee contusion after being struck by a comebacker and leaving his start against the Angels on Saturday, Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Kikuchi was helped off by trainers after a David Fletcher comebacker struck him in the fifth inning. A knee contusion is far from the worst-case scenario for the southpaw; it doesn't seem likely to be an issue that keeps him out for an extended period. He can currently be considered questionable to make his next start, which is scheduled to come next weekend in Cleveland.

June 6, 2021 06:20 PM
Mariners' Yusei Kikuchi: Struck by comebacker, exits
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Kikuchi was forced to exit his start Saturday after he was struck on the leg by a comebacker off the bat of David Fletcher in the fifth inning, Rhett Bollinger of reports.

The severity of the injury isn't known at this point, but given that the southpaw was forced to exit, there is at least the possibility that it could be serious. Kikuchi was tagged for four runs (three earned) on five hits while punching out eight across four-plus innings before exiting.

May 30, 2021 10:04 PM
Mariners' Yusei Kikuchi: Fans five in win
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Kikuchi (3-3) allowed two runs on three hits and walk over 6.2 innings Sunday, striking out five and earning a win over the Rangers.

Kikuchi cruised through six shutout innings before coughing up a two-run blast to Joey Gallo in the seventh. Still, it was enough for the 29-year-old to earn his second straight win. He now owns a 3.88 ERA and a 61:20 K:BB through 62.2 innings this season. Kikuchi is projected to face the Angels on the road next weekend.

May 31, 2021 04:24 AM
Mariners' Yusei Kikuchi: Ready to pitch Sunday
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Kikuchi (back) is listed as the Mariners' projected starter for Sunday's game against the Rangers.

Kikuchi's inclusion on the pitching schedule implies that he tossed a between-starts bullpen session without incident after his last outing Monday against the Athletics was cut short when he experienced cramping in his lower back. The southpaw still churned out a fifth consecutive quality start, giving him a 2.78 ERA over that stretch. He'll close out the week with a favorable matchup against a Rangers offense that ranks 22nd in the majors entering Sunday with a team wRC+ of 93 versus left-handed pitching.

May 27, 2021 03:16 PM
Mariners' Yusei Kikuchi: Expected to make next start
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Kikuchi (back) was able to play catch without issues before Tuesday's game and is expected to make his next start Sunday against the Rangers, Justice de los Santos of reports.

The left-hander exited Monday's win over the Athletics in the seventh inning due to lower-back cramping, but his ability to throw without issues less than 24 hours later has manager Scott Servais optimistic about the pitcher's chances of making his next start on time. Kikuchi actually began experiencing cramping in his hands early in his start versus Oakland, and the discomfort eventually shifted to his lower back the more he threw.

May 25, 2021 09:04 AM
Mariners' Yusei Kikuchi: Dealing with back cramps
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Kikuchi left Monday's game against the Athletics due to cramping in his lower back, Corey Brock of The Athletic reports. Before departing, Kikuchi was in line for the win after allowing one run on four hits and two walks while striking out three over six innings.

Manager Scott Servais stated after the game that Kikuchi should be fine going forward, but expect the club to keep a close eye on the lefty leading up to his next scheduled start, which tentatively lines up for Saturday or Sunday against Texas.

May 24, 2021 11:56 PM
Mariners' Yusei Kikuchi: Leaves with injury
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Kikuchi allowed one run on four hits and two walks while striking out three across six innings Monday against Oakland before exiting with an undisclosed injury, Martin Gallegos of reports.

Kikuchi was cruising along through six innings, but he appeared to suffer an injury after allowing a leadoff single in the seventh. The team has yet to disclose details of the injury.

May 24, 2021 01:32 AM
Mariners' Yusei Kikuchi: Pushed back in pitching schedule
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The Mariners elected to push Kikuchi out of his scheduled start Sunday against the Padres after he felt a little under the weather in recent days, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports. He's now lined up to start Monday's game against the Athletics in Oakland.

Justin Dunn will be called upon to start Sunday's game on four days' rest after he completed a 94-pitch outing Tuesday against the Tigers. Kikuchi likely could have taken the hill Sunday if needed, but the Mariners chose to exercise some caution by giving him an extra day to recover from the illness. The southpaw shouldn't face any limitations with his pitch count when he takes the hill Monday, and he'll tentatively line up for two starts during the upcoming week. His second turn would come May 29 or 30 versus the Rangers in Seattle.

May 18, 2021 10:48 AM
Mariners' Yusei Kikuchi: Fans eight in loss
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Kikuchi (1-3) allowed three runs on three hits and four walks over six innings Monday, striking out eight and taking a loss against the Tigers.

Overall, it was a solid outing for Kikuchi. All three runs he allowed came in the second inning on a pair of homers by Eric Haase and Jonathan Schoop, and he allowed just one baserunner the rest of the way. It was his fourth straight outing with at least six innings pitched and seven strikeouts. Kikuchi will carry a 4.32 ERA into next week's projected start in Oakland.

May 12, 2021 03:08 AM
Mariners' Yusei Kikuchi: Racks up 11 strikeouts Tuesday
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Kikuchi hurled 6.1 innings against the Dodgers on Tuesday, allowing three runs on six hits and one walk while striking out 11.

The southpaw's 11 strikeouts were a career high, and he racked up 17 swinging strikes in the contest. Kikuchi looked to be in line for a win upon entering the seventh frame with a 4-1 lead, but a pair of singles -- one of which didn't leave the infield -- resulted in his removal from the game, and the Dodgers brought home both runners en route to a come-from-behind win. Nonetheless, Kikuchi finished with his third straight quality start, and he has struck out 25 batters across 20.1 frames during that stretch. He'll look to keep building on the hot stretch in his next start, currently projected to come against Cleveland at home Sunday.

May 10, 2021 08:16 PM
Mariners' Yusei Kikuchi: Flipping turn with Dunn
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Kikuchi, whose next turn in the rotation would have normally come Wednesday, will instead switch places with Justin Dunn and start Tuesday's series opener against the Dodgers in Los Angeles, Daniel Kramer of reports.

The logic behind the switch is to up the chances of the bullpen getting additional rest after Monday's team off day. Kikuchi has gone seven innings in each of his last two starts, and despite the temporary move up in the rotation, he'll still operate on five days' rest versus Los Angeles.

May 6, 2021 10:16 PM
Mariners' Yusei Kikuchi: Solid despite loss
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Kikuchi (1-2) allowed three earned runs on five hits and one walk while striking out seven across seven innings, taking the loss to the Orioles on Wednesday.

Kikuchi tossed seven strong innings but was outdone by John Means, who threw a complete game no-hitter. Kikuchi struggled in April, but he provided 14 innings in his last two starts and allowed just three runs during that span while posting a 14:3 K:BB. The 30-year-old has pitched to a 4.30 ERA and 1.09 WHIP across 37.2 innings overall this season.

April 30, 2021 02:08 PM
Mariners' Yusei Kikuchi: Takes no-hitter into seventh
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Kikuchi (1-1) earned the win over the Astros on Thursday, allowing just one hit over seven scoreless innings. He struck out seven and issued two walks.

The lefty turned in his best outing of the season so far, getting 17 called strikes and 17 swinging strikes on 95 pitches, and was rewarded with his first win of 2021. He did not give up a hit until the seventh inning, when Carlos Correa got to Kikuchi for a one-out double. Kikuchi, who now has a 4.40 ERA and 27:11 K:BB through 30.2 innings, projects for a home start against the Orioles next week.

April 24, 2021 12:04 AM
Mariners' Yusei Kikuchi: Hit hard in Friday's loss
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Kikuchi (0-1) took the loss Friday as the Mariners fell 6-5 to the Red Sox, getting tagged for five runs on six hits and three walks over 4.2 innings. He struck out one.

The southpaw served up homers to Xander Bogaerts in the first inning and J.D. Martinez in the third, helping create a deficit that a ninth-inning rally by Seattle's offense couldn't erase. It was Kikuchi's shortest outing so far this season, and he'll take a 5.70 ERA and 20:9 K:BB through 23.2 innings into his next start Thursday in Houston.

April 17, 2021 07:40 PM
Mariners' Yusei Kikuchi: Allows five runs in no-decision
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Kikuchi hurled seven innings against Houston on Friday, allowing five runs on six hits and three walks while striking out three. He did not factor in the decision.

Kikuchi breezed through his first four frames, allowing only one walk and facing the minimum 12 batters. However, things began to unravel for the left-hander in the fifth, as he yielded three runs on three hits and a walk. Kikuchi then gave up two more runs in the seventh before departing. Overall, the 29-year-old threw 91 pitches and gave up only one extra-base hit. He's now gone at least six innings in each of his first three starts, though he has yet to be part of a decision. Kikuchi's next outing will take place at Boston on Friday.

April 10, 2021 06:24 PM
Mariners' Yusei Kikuchi: Delivers another quality start
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Kikuchi gave up two runs on five hits and two walks during Saturday's extra-inning win over the Twins. He had six strikeouts and did not factor in the decision.

The 29-year-old wasn't able to replicate the 10 strikeouts from his season debut, but he kept Minnesota off the board apart from a two-run homer by Nelson Cruz during the third inning. Kikuchi has allowed five runs on 11 hits with a 16:3 K:BB over 12 innings through his first two starts of 2021, and he next lines up to face the Astros on Friday.

Last 7 Games
06/18vs TBW 5-117.04136
06/12@ CLEL 4-57.03036
06/05@ LAAL 5-124.06308
05/30vs TEXW 4-216.23215
05/24@ OAKW 4-216.04123
05/17vs DETL 1-416.03348
05/11@ LADL 4-66.163111
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