Michael Pineda continues to show inconsistency 7


Welcome to the mysterious world of Michael Pineda, where even in his walk-year, it’s hard to determine what kind of pitcher he’s going to be for the Yankees.

The Yankees talk about how Pineda has the stuff to succeed in the rotation this year. However, Pineda isn’t consistent enough to actually put his stuff to good use.

In Pineda’s latest start against the Atlanta Braves, he gave up two runs in three innings of work. The only thing Pineda had working for him was the changeup. The fastball and slider were noticeably off, and that allowed him to get knocked around in the first inning.

“I threw the ball pretty good…,” Pineda said after pitching his three innings. “My first outing (against the Tigers) my slider was working great. (Thursday), I missed with a couple sliders. But everything was good.”

Pineda has been known for his Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde routine, where one start he appears dominant and the next he’s throwing batting practice fastballs to the opposing team.

In Pineda’s start against the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland, he pitched two scoreless innings. The Yankees would rather see that Michael Pineda than the one that took the mound against the Braves.

If he can do that, the Yankees would have another reliable starter in the rotation behind Masahiro Tanaka and CC Sabathia.

“For Michael, it’s about consistency more than anything else, because we see how dominant he can be,” Girardi said before the game. “And some innings can be really, really easy and then he’ll have a little blip. And the other thing for him is keeping the ball in the ballpark. For Michael, that’s big. Because he has the ability to strike people out, so if he keeps the ball in the ballpark it’s much harder to score runs off him.”


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7 thoughts on “Michael Pineda continues to show inconsistency

  • Balt Yank

    His quote above sort of sums him up: I was pretty good, just missed three pitches, so my ERA is 5.00, but it is not my fault. In baseball as in life, mental attitude is a huge difference maker. Well, he'll be a rich man regardless. Quote of a loser: "I threw the ball pretty good…,” Pineda said after pitching his three innings. “My first outing (against the Tigers) my slider was working great. (Thursday), I missed with a couple sliders. But everything was good.”

  • Balt Yank

    I have always struggled to understand what does the phrase, "Stay Humble," mean. Ha, this article clarifies it. It means no matter what level of success, stay humble, stay curious, stay learning, keep growing. Pineda, not quite.

  • Jerry

    The Yankees need to micro manage Pineda. Rothschild or Girardi have to call every pitch, and you know they don't or you would not see Pineda shaking off signs from the catcher. Especially with two strikes, call the pitch and the location. And B. Yank, you're right this guy doesn't have the killer instinct. Throw inside, knock someone down, toughen up.

  • Nunzio

    Pineda inconsistency is his middle name , just hope he does not pull a Nova and all of a sudden finds his way …… if that's the case I think the yankees better give a better look at the pitching coach namely Rothschild and start letting him look in the mirror, if he goes to another team and let's face it does well , maybe it's not the player.

  • otto

    The bottom line is hopefully he has a good first half. Then they can deal him to get something rather than letting him walk. Hopefully he has first half like he did his rookie year, then unload him.

  • jpmags

    "The only thing Pineda had working for him was the changeup." Well on the bright side, his worse pitch that he is trying to and needs to add to his pitching repertoire was working. Nothing but upside! But seriously, he could improve from last year results and build confidence with some level of success with his change up. Getting out of the 2 out and 2 strike count would also increase his innings per start. Only if…