Yusei Kikuchi Fantasy Stats

#16 SP  |  Toronto Blue Jays

Height / Weight 6'0"  /  210 lbs.
Date of Birth (Age) Jun 17, 1991 (33)
Experience 6 seasons
College None

Season Stats

Career 155 143 1 745.0 756 421 388 132 266 756 1.372 1932.4

Game Log

Jun 1, 2024TORPITP105.1965114.4501.8754.0
Jun 6, 2024TORBALP106.0411116.1900.83324.5
Jun 11, 2024TORMILP105.0300045.1671.40021.1
Jun 17, 2024TORBOSP104.0755407.3681.7508.8
Jun 23, 2024TORCLEP102.0844013.5714.500-2.9
Jun 28, 2024TORNYYP105.0444117.2111.00014.2
Jul 3, 2024TORHOUP105.2522125.2271.23514.6
Jul 9, 2024TORSFP107.16222013.2220.81834.9
Jul 14, 2024TORARIP104.2677136.3001.9292.5
Jul 20, 2024TORDETP105.0544028.2381.40014.4
Last 10 10 0 50.0 57 35 34 11 15 64 1.440 136.1

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Yusei Kikuchi News

Yusei Kikuchi  • SP  •  Blue Jays

Yusei Kikuchi Racks Up Career-High 13 Punchouts In No-Decision

Toronto Blue Jays left-hander Yusei Kikuchi was dialed in on the road on Tuesday night in San Francisco against the hosting Giants, but he came away with a no-decision despite giving up only two earned runs on six hits (two homers) while walking none and striking out a career-high 13 batters. In fact, this was the first time all year that Kikuchi tallied double-digit strikeouts. The 33-year-old southpaw's only blemishes were solo shots given up to Heliot Ramos and Tyler Fitzgerald. Kikuchi has allowed two runs in each of his last two outings but still has a bloated 6.38 ERA (5.09 FIP) in 24 innings over his last five starts since June 17. He could into the All-Star break on a nice little run, though, as he matchups up next against the Arizona Diamondbacks this weekend. Kikuchi is 4-8 overall this year with a 4.00 ERA and 1.27 WHIP with a 111:23 K:BB in 101 1/3 frames (19 starts).
Jul 10   
Yusei Kikuchi  • SP  •  Blue Jays

Yusei Kikuchi Starting Wednesday Against Orioles

Toronto Blue Jays left-hander Yusei Kikuchi is getting the start on Wednesday in Baltimore against the Orioles. Right-hander Chris Bassitt was scheduled to start Tuesday's contest before it was postponed, and rather than just pushing Bassitt back a day, the Jays have elected to let Kikuchi take his turn in the rotation on normal rest. The 32-year-old Japanese left-hander has had a solid year to this point for Toronto, going 2-3 with a 2.64 ERA (2.59 FIP) and 1.05 WHIP with nine walks and 46 strikeouts in 47 2/3 innings over his eight starts. He's allowed more than three runs in an outing just once in his eight starts and went a season-high eight innings while giving up just two runs his last time out in a tough-luck loss against the Twins last Friday. Kikuchi has been a must-start in fantasy lineups in 2024, but he's up against a tough matchup in the O's on Wednesday on the road.
May 15   
Yusei Kikuchi  • SP  •  Blue Jays

Yusei Kikuchi Goes Eight Innings But Picks Up Loss

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Yusei Kikuchi had a very strong outing on Friday night but picked up the loss as the Blue Jays fell to the Minnesota Twins 3-2. Kikuchi threw eight innings and gave up just two earned runs while striking out three. Kikuchi has been the Blue Jays' best pitcher this season, now having a 2.64 ERA. Kikuchi has shown significant improvement year-over-year by slightly reducing his BB% and has greatly reduced his HR/9 rate also. Fantasy managers should snag Kikuchi off the waiver wire if available. The lefty will look to continue his dominant season next Wednesday in a tough matchup against the Baltimore Orioles.
May 11   
Yusei Kikuchi  • SP  •  Blue Jays

Yusei Kikuchi Earns Win, Fans Nine Tuesday

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Yusei Kikuchi continued his excellent start to the season in Tuesday's 5-4 win over the Yankees. Kikuchi pitched six innings, allowing one run on four hits and a walk with nine strikeouts. Everything is finally clicking for the 32-year-old, who is now 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA and 12.05 K/9 rate in his first four starts and 21 2/3 IP. He will look to keep things going in his next projected start at the Royals.
Apr 17   
Yusei Kikuchi  • SP  •  Blue Jays

Yusei Kikuchi Pitches Well Again In No-Decision

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Yusei Kikuchi pitched well on Wednesday but did not factor into the decision as the Jays were unable to provide run support in the 6-1 loss to the Mariners. Kikuchi allowed just one earned run on three hits and two walks while striking out nine batters. The game would ultimately be decided in the tenth inning after the Mariners put up five runs in the top half of the frame. After allowing three earned runs in his first start of the season, the southpaw has given up just one earned run, seven hits, and has a 4:16 BB:K over his last two starts (11 1/3 IP). For the season the 32-year-old has a 2.30 ERA (2.83 FIP) and 1.28 WHIP. His next start lines up with the Yankees next Tuesday in Toronto.
Apr 11   
Yusei Kikuchi  • SP  •  Blue Jays

Yusei Kikuchi In Favorable Spot Against Seattle

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Yusei Kikuchi aims to put his awful spring training further in the rear-view mirror during Wednesday's home start versus the visiting Seattle Mariners and right-hander Logan Gilbert. Kikuchi coughed up 14 runs in 7 2/3 innings of Grapefruit League play, but he's turned things around for a 2.79 ERA (3.80 FIP) and 11 strikeouts through his first 9 2/3 regular-season frames. He hurled 5 1/3 scoreless innings with seven punchouts to help the Jays shut out the division-rival New York Yankees last Friday, and the 32-year-old Japanese left-hander now gets a Seattle team that he's thrown 11 1/3 scoreless frames with 14 K's against since 2022. The M's are the only American League club Kikuchi has not allowed a run to in his career, making the southpaw a convincing fantasy play on Wednesday. Gilbert, on the other hand, is 0-2 with a 6.95 ERA in 22 career innings against Toronto.
Apr 10   
Yusei Kikuchi  • SP  •  Blue Jays

Yusei Kikuchi Fans Seven In Friday's Win

Toronto Blue Jays left-hander Yusei Kikuchi struck out seven in 5 1/3 innings in Friday's shutout win against the New York Yankees. Though Kikuchi did not give up a run in his outing, Yimi Garcia was credited with the win, with the Blue Jays getting their first run in the 7th inning. It was a good bounceback for Kikuchi after a decent but iffy start against Tampa Bay. The lefty lowered his ERA to 2.79 with a 1.55 WHIP. He'll look to improve even more on those numbers in his next start at home against the Seattle Mariners.
Apr 6   
Yusei Kikuchi  • SP  •  Blue Jays

Yusei Kikuchi Lined Up To Start Sunday

Toronto Blue Jays left-hander Yusei Kikuchi (neck) is listed as the team's probable starter on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays. Kikuchi left his last start early on Tuesday against the New York Yankees with a left upper trapezius cramp, but the 32-year-old southpaw later expressed confidence that he could make his next turn through the starting rotation. Toronto needs all hands on deck as they try to lock down one of the last wild-card spots in the American League down the stretch with under 10 regular season games remaining. The Japanese hurler has been solid for the Jays in 2023 with a 3.74 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 170 strikeouts in 158 2/3 innings over 30 starts, and he's been even better in the second half with a 3.03 ERA (2.80 FIP) and 74 K's in 65 1/3 frames over 12 starts.
Sep 22   
Yusei Kikuchi  • SP  •  Blue Jays

Yusei Kikuchi Feels He Can Make His Next Start

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Yusei Kikuchi (cramp) said Tuesday that he thinks he will be ready to make his next start after leaving the 7-1 win over the Yankees early with cramping, per The Athletic's Kaitlyn McGrath. Despite leaving with a left upper trap muscle cramp, Kikuchi was able to secure his 10th win by allowing just one run on four hits and a walk with seven strikeouts over five innings. Things have finally clicked for the 32-year-old this season, as he has a 3.74 ERA and 9.64 K/9 rate in 30 starts. His next start would be a tough one at the Rays, but he has shown enough this season to give fantasy managers some reassurance.
Sep 20   
Yusei Kikuchi  • SP  •  Blue Jays

Yusei Kikuchi Removed Due To Cramping

Toronto Blue Jays left-hander Yusei Kikuchi was removed from his start early on Tuesday against the New York Yankees in the Bronx with a left upper trap muscle cramp, according to the team. It was still a positive outing for Kikuchi, as he was able to pick up his 10th win of the season by allowing just one earned run on four hits while walking one and striking out seven in five innings to lower his season ERA to 3.74. It doesn't sound like a serious issue for the 32-year-old veteran southpaw, but his next scheduled start on Sunday in Tampa Against the Rays should be considered up in the air right now. Kikuchi came into his start on Tuesday with a 9-6 record, 3.81 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 163 strikeouts in 153 2/3 innings over 29 starts. He'll be extra risky if he makes his start this weekend in a tough matchup, but you can't argue with his strikeout upside.
Sep 20