Michael Pineda has started nine games for the Yanks this season. He’s missed about nineteen starts due to the pine-tar incident and to injury.
In those nine starts, he’s been excellent. His ERA is 1.80.
He is also 3-4, because in three of those nine starts, the Yankees have been shut out.
Last night (Friday), Pineda gave up only one run, and that was unearned. But the Yanks didn’t score for him and lost 1-0 to KC.
There were only six hits in the game, three by each side.
With one out in the third, Chase Headley—Thursday night’s hero—made a two-base error. Nori Aoki of KC then singled in the only run of the game.
Pineda went 7, 1 R, (unearned), 3 H, 0 walks and 4 K. The Yanks have scored just 20 runs in his 8 starts, and 8 of those came in one game. 12 in the other 8 starts. 12/8 is 1.5. Less support than Pineda’s excellent ERA of 1.80.
Dellin Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.43. He now has 124 K on the season, and is just six behind Mariano Rivera’s Yankee relief record of 130 set in 1996 (when Mo set up John Wetteland).
David Robertson 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.87.
One of the Yanks’ three hits was by Derek Jeter. #3449 of his career.
With the loss, the Yanks drop to 72-67 and stay in 2nd place in the AL East, 9 1/2 behind Baltimore (let’s face it, the division is over). In the more important playoff push, they are 4 1/2 out of the final playoff spot with just 23 games to go. Realistically speaking, the Yanks may need to do 17-6 in their last 23 games to make it.
It is possible, but not probable.