So, in an effort not to make this look like it’s becoming a blog about Michael Pineda I would like to make this disclaimer:
Note – This will have posts about other teams and players but holy cow Michael Pineda was dealing last night, so We just have to talk about it today. You’ll be okay, we promise.
#BigMike or Michael Pineda showed the New York Yankees who their ace is last night. There is simply not debate anymore. He put a stamp on a great series for the yankees as they took 3 out of 4 from the baltimore orioles.
Pineda moves to 5-0 on the year in 7 starts after a ridiculous pitching line: 7.0 ip, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, and 16 K’s!!!!!
I will absolutely NOT be missing his next home start. In fact i might just make a complete celebration of it all. My friend Justin owns a Luxury Limo Service company in Nassau County, so I’ll rent a limo, pop some champagne and take that bad boy out to watch Pineda. Yes Folks, its gotten that good!
You’ve got to be kidding me. 16 strikeouts in 7 innings, wow. He becomes only the 4th yankee to amass 16 or more strikeouts in their history and fell just 2 shy of Guidry’s 18 mark.
Without Masahiro Tanaka, Ivan Nova, and CC struggling, Pineda is really shining bright while keeping the yankees afloat until the reinforcements arrive.
Girardi stressed the fact that he has had shoulder injuries in the past, as reason to pulling him out in the 7th. It is still early in the season, and he’d ultimately like to have him for the long haul throwing this straight fire into the playoffs.
In other positive news Carlos Beltran seems to be taking a turn for the better after going 2-2 with a Homerun and a rocket single off the right field wall. He’s bumped his batting average up to .210 which is a welcome sign after being sub .200 for all of April.
Brian McCann also added his 4th dinger of the year as he looks to heat up with the power. The table setters Ellsbury, and Gardner continue to to wreak havoc on opposing pitched and letting the power guys behind them do their jobs.
The Recipe for 20-12
The recipe has been very simple for these yankees: Get on base, patience at the plate, clutch hits, and stellar pitching. Its working and we look forward to a positive road trip at the Trop this week against the Rays.