When you get past the injuries, and get past the stupid pine tar incident of this year, you have to admit this:
When he has taken the mound this year, Michael Pineda has been brilliant.
Tonight (Monday night) he pitched 6 1/3 innings, 1 R, 5 H, 0 walks and 5 K. He improved to 3-2 on the season, with an ERA of 1.95. This was his 7th start of the season. He missed about 19 starts.
By contrast, Masahiro Tanaka, working his way back, has had 18 starts this season, and is 12-4, 2.51. He has missed six or seven starts. Put them together, the two are 15-6 with an ERA around 2.30 or so.
You only can wonder what the Yanks might have had if both were healthy all year round.
The Yanks won 8-1, their fifth win in a row. They remain six behind Baltimore and in second place in the AL East. They are 2 1/2 back of that final wild card spot.
The Yanks scored a run in the third on an RBI groundout by Jeter which was helped along by an error. In the bottom of the third, Pineda made his only mistake, giving up a HR to tie the game.
The Yanks got it right back in the fourth when Stephen Drew hit his 7th (overall) HR of the year.
The Yanks broke it open with 4 in the 7th. Martin Prado (hot lately) led off with his 9th overall HR of the season. Singles by Ellsbury and Jeter (hit 3440) drove in two more and another came in on a McCann SF.
Ellsbury finished the scoring with a 2-run HR in the 9th (11).
David Huff wrapped up the game for Pineda, pitching 2 2/3 scoreless innings, 2 hits, no walks, 1 k. Overall ERA 3.86.