ESPN showed an interesting stat on Michael Pineda tonight. Entering tonight’s game, his ERA in the first two innings this year was 12.00. After that, 2.14.
So…. Pineda gave up 4 runs in the first tonight, dooming the Yankees.
I am starting to have reservations about him. So much talent, but it seems like he doesn’t have it between the ears to utilize that talent.
I am watching the first inning. He throws two killer sliders that the batter can’t touch. Then he serves up a meatball fastball. I don’t know if that is Pineda or if it is McCann’s pitch calling. But I am still scratching my head.
There was an interesting poll, asking if you had to keep one and trade the other, what you think about Eovaldi and Pineda. To me, it is a no-brainer right now. I would keep Eovaldi, thinking he may develop, and trade Pineda.
After Pineda gave up four in the first, the Yanks got two back in the second, one on Carlos Beltran’s 7th HR of the year. #399 of his career tied Al Kaline on the all-time list. Headley singled in a run later in the inning. May 11 and the Yanks main 3B still does not have an XBH.
Meanwhile, the Yanks lineup tonight had no Ellsbury, A-Rod or Teix. Aaron Hicks had 3 hits tonight.
The Yanks cut it to 4-3 at one point but eventually lost 7-3.
Pineda (L, 1-4, 6.28) 5 2/3 IP, 6 R, 6 H, 4 walks and 7 K.
Goody 0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 1.93
Coke 3 1/3, 1 R, 2 H, 2 walks, 0 K. 2.25.
The Yanks are 13-19. Pineda and Severino are a combined 1-9. You can do the math. Take them away, you get 12-10. Severino is 22, in his first full season & still learning. Pineda is 27. He should have learned already.