The Yanks’ bats were stymied by John Lackey tonight as the Yanks lost to Boston 5-1, but the story of the game was the stupidity of Michael Pineda.
A few weeks ago, cameras caught pine tar on Pineda’s hand. MLB didn’t do anything, but it was basically a warning to Pineda. Don’t do it again.
So tonight, against the SAME TEAM (what, he didn’t think they’d be watching his every move after what happened the last time they met?), he has pine tar on his neck and gets ejected in the second inning.
It’s like speeding past a cop, getting a warning, then speeding on the same street in front of the same cop two weeks later.
Pineda, who was pitching great this year (now we know why), has a long way to go to redeem himself in my eyes, now.
When the Yanks traded for him, he showed up in spring training in 2012 overweight, tried too hard to force velocity and blew out his shoulder.
He missed all of 2012 and 2013. It looked like he was coming back nicely. Maybe not with the same velocity, but he was pitching well. Now we know why.
He faces a possible 10-game suspension—-just at the time when the Yanks lost a rotation member in Ivan Nova, who most likely faces Tommy John surgery (he’s getting a second opinion). Great. Miss two starts while your rotation is already down a member.
Did I mention Pineda is STUPID?
You can’t fix STUPID. Too bad Pineda is 6’7″. You’ll need a stool to stand on to deliver to Pineda what he needs….
a good, swift kick in the ass.