The Mets are 17-13 this season and are right on the heels of the Phillies in the NL East standings, but they’ve played six extra-innings games already, including a 20-inning tilt in mid-April with the Cardinals. That kind of schedule can drain players, are it can also drain broadcasters. Check out Mets analyst Keith Hernandez from the WPIX telecast of Saturday’s extra-innings victory over the Giants…
Hisashi Iwakuma tells the Japan Times that the Mariners have made him an offer to return.
Iwakuma became a free agent earlier this month after the Mariners, not surprisingly, declined his $10 million option for 2018. Iwakuma says that it’s “not a done deal,” but “hopefully I will be able to make a positive announcement soon.”
Iwakuma, who turns 37 early next season, made only six starts in 2017, posting a 4.35 ERA, 3.5 BB/9 and 4.6 SO/9 over 31 innings. He went on the disabled list in May and never returned to action, undergoing arthroscopic debridement surgery in September. He hopes to be recovered fully by spring training.