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Michael Pineda | Starting Pitcher | #35

Team: New York Yankees
Age / DOB:  (27) / 1/18/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'7" / 260
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2005 / UDFA / SEA
Contract: view contract details

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Michael Pineda's rough 2016 season continued Saturday, allowing six runs over 3 2/3 innings in a loss to the Rays.
Pineda gave up nine hits, including a two-run home run to Evan Longoria, while striking out just three. The loss was his sixth in 10 starts this year, and Pineda now owns a 6.92 ERA and 1.65 WHIP. He's just giving up too much contact, and they're hitting it too hard. He'll keep searching for a former dominance Thursday against the Tigers. May 28 - 7:45 PM

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Michael Pineda earned his second victory of the season on Sunday, limiting the Athletics to three runs on six hits over his six frames.

Pineda racked up six strikeouts in the contest while issuing only one free pass. While he has shown flashes of his elite talent, the results this season have mostly been terrible for the right-hander, who sports a 6.34 ERA, 1.59 WHIP and 56/15 K/BB ratio over 49 2/3 innings. He'll look to carry over momentum from this start when he takes on the Rays in Tampa Bay on Saturday.
May 22 - 7:42 PM

Michael Pineda provided a mixed-bag start in Tuesday's loss to the Diamondbacks, striking out nine while yielding five runs over five innings.

In addition to his nine strikeouts, Pineda coughed up nine hits and walked one. The Diamondbacks spread their scoring out in the evening affair, bringing home a run in the second, two in the third and two more in the fifth. This was Pineda's fourth start with five or more runs allowed. His 6.60 ERA and 1.65 WHIP show that damage well enough. He will take to the road for a game against the A's next time he toes the rubber.
May 18 - 12:53 AM

Michael Pineda continued his disappointing campaign and surrendered six earned runs in 5 2/3 innings in Wednesday’s loss to the Royals.

Pineda has been far too hittable all season -- 49 hits in just 38 2/3 innings -- but his starts become disastrous when he starts issuing walks. The right-hander walked four and gave up six hits, and while he still managed to strikeout seven, that feels like little more than trying to celebrate the one "A" on a report card that’s littered with failing grades. Because Pineda still has huge stuff, there’s always a chance he could put together a quality stretch of starts. It just doesn’t feel likely anytime soon.
May 11 - 10:51 PM

Michael Pineda pitched six innings of two-run ball Friday in a no-decision against the Red Sox.

Pineda bounced back from a poor first in which he gave up a two-run homer and a second two-strike hit, and while he wasn't quite stellar the rest of the way, the Red Sox never pushed another run across. Pineda lowered his ERA from 6.33 to 5.73.
May 6 - 10:44 PM

Michael Pineda couldn't go more than five innings in Saturday's loss against the rival Red Sox, but kept his squad in the game with only two runs allowed on five hits.

Pineda continues to be immensely hittable on the mound, now with 35 hits in 27 innings, but the inefficiency and lack of strikeouts really stood out on Saturday. He needed 106 pitches to span five innings, and although he entered the game with an attractive 27:5 K:BB, he both walked and struck out three. The 27-year-old had quality advanced metrics heading into the 2016 season, but it hasn’t worked out in his favor thus far, showing that strikeout-to-walk ratios are not always perfect indicators of future success. Being around the zone too much can have negative consequences. Pineda has a 6.33 ERA on the year and will get a rematch against the Red Sox in his next outing on Friday, May 6.
Apr 30 - 10:51 PM

Michael Pineda was shelled for seven earned runs in five innings Sunday as the Yankees fell to the Rays.

Pineda whiffed nine and issued only one walk, but the Rays struck for four home runs and 10 total hits against the 27-year-old right-hander. That's been a theme for Pineda here in the first month of the 2016 season. He owns a stellar 27/5 K/BB ratio in 22 innings, but it has come with a 6.59 ERA and 1.59 WHIP. Pineda will try limit to the big hits next time out in a road start against the rival Red Sox.
Apr 24 - 4:06 PM

Michael Pineda pitched well in a no-decision Tuesday, striking out seven while yielding two runs over six frames versus the Athletics.

Pineda allowed seven hits and issued one free pass. He has yet to pitch past the sixth inning this season, and he's put up a 5.29 ERA despite an 18/4 K/BB ratio over 17 innings. He'll take on the Rays over the weekend the next time he toes the rubber.
Apr 19 - 11:02 PM

Michael Pineda was touched up for three runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks in Wednesday's loss to the Blue Jays.

Pineda has traditionally avoided issuing too many free passes, but uncharacteristically walked three batters in six innings on Wednesday. He managed to strikeout six and limit the damage to just two earned runs; however, the early results remain a bit discouraging. He now owns a 6.55 ERA and has given up 13 hits in 11 innings, which illustrates how a guy with a 3.1 percent walk rate managed to post a 1.23 WHIP in 2015. Too many hits.
Apr 13 - 11:18 PM

Michael Pineda picked up his first win against Astros on Wednesday, despite giving up a grand slam in the second inning.

He gave up six total earned runs on Wednesday against five strikeouts and zero walks. Pineda is a sabermetric dream, striking out a ton of batters and walking virtually no one, but one can't help but wonder if he pounds the zone too much. The Astros capitalized on a trio of mistakes on Wednesday with a grand slam and a couple of solo shots. The right-hander still managed to pick up a victory due to his huge early-game cushion; however, his worrisome tendency of being "too hittable" clearly carried into his first start of the 2016 campaign.
Apr 6 - 11:06 PM

Michael Pineda was tagged for six runs and four homers in five innings by the Cardinals on Thursday.

Wind was a factor, and the three-run homer Pineda gave up to Jeremy Hazelbaker would have been an out under normal circumstances (and probably went foul today anyway). Pineda's stuff was plenty good, so there's not much to take away from this outing. He should be a fine mixed-league starter while healthy.
Mar 31 - 4:33 PM

Michael Pineda pitched four innings of one-run ball and struck out four as the Yankees beat the Braves 3-2 on Saturday.

Pineda has been sharp this spring, allowing one run in 10 innings. He threw 62 pitches today, so he's a little behind where the typical veteran starter is at this point of the spring. That's be design, though. He should still be ready to throw 90-100 pitches in week one.
Mar 19 - 5:42 PM

Michael Pineda pitched two scoreless innings, striking out three, in his spring debut Monday against the Astros.

Pineda will be handled a little more carefully than most starters this spring, though he's not under any restrictions after finishing last season healthy. The Yankees just don't want him wasting too many of his bullets in March, especially since he's a long shot to throw 200 innings anyway.
Mar 7 - 3:54 PM

Michael Pineda said Saturday that his goal for the 2016 season is to pitch 200 innings.

"My biggest goal this season is, No. 1, try to be healthy for pitching the whole year" the 27-year-old right-hander said. He has come back nicely after missing the entire 2013 and 2014 seasons due to injuries, and now trains year-round at a gym that he constructed near his home in the Dominican Republic. Pineda logged 160 2/3 innings for the Yankees in 2015, posting a 4.37 ERA (2.95 xFIP), 1.23 WHIP and 156/21 K/BB ratio.
Feb 13 - 3:30 PM

Yankees and RHP Michael Pineda avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.3 million contract.

Pineda more than doubled his salary from last season in his second year of arbitration eligibility. The big right-hander posted a 4.37 ERA and 156/21 K/BB ratio over 160 2/3 innings in 2015.
Jan 15 - 3:02 PM

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