Another year, another maddeningly frustrating season for Michael Pineda: His overpowering stuff helped him post an American-League-leading 10.61 K/9 as he eclipsed the 200-strikeout mark for the first time. Aside from that, however, he suffered through the worst season of his brief career. Some factors -- such as an AL-high .339 BABIP and a FIP (3.80) more than a full run lower than his ERA -- suggest bad luck was partly to blame, but he suffered a similarly poor fate in those departments in 2015 as well. Home runs remained an issue, as Pineda served up a personal-worst 27 long balls, and he also saw his walk rate spike for the third year in a row, albeit to a still acceptable 2.72 BB/9. He'll get another look in the middle of the Yankees rotation in 2017, and when he's at his best he is a dominating force on the mound. Unfortunately, until Pineda can prove himself to be a more consistent and reliable pitcher, he'll be a big gamble for fantasy owners.
Pineda agreed to a one-year, $7.4 million deal with the Yankees on Friday, avoiding arbitration, FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reports. Coming off a year in which he posted a 27.4 percent strikeout rate, which was eighth best among qualified starters, Pineda earned a $3.1 million raise over what he made in 2016. While the strikeouts are nice, his 4.82 ERA and 1.35 WHIP tell a different story. If he can cut down on the hard contact (1.38 HR/9, .339 BABIP), he could be a very valuable fantasy starter, but he is now coming off back-to-back seasons where the production was much worse than the peripherals.
Pineda (6-12) gave up five earned runs on six hits and three walks over 4.1 innings in Friday's 8-1 loss to the Orioles. He struck out five. The hard-throwing righty was lit up over the fourth and fifth innings, giving up a two-RBI double to Jonathan Schoop and homers to Adam Jones and Mark Trumbo, with the latter's two-run blast in the fifth chasing Pineda from the game. The 27-year-old had been very solid over his previous four starts-- giving up just five earned runs over the 23.2 innings covering that span-- so Friday's results represented a definite regression. Pineda wraps up a disappointing 2016 with a career-high 12 losses, 1.35 WHIP and 4.82 ERA.
Pineda (6-11) allowed just one run on three hits and a walk over 5.2 innings while striking out seven Sunday, but came away with a no-decision in a 4-3 loss to the Blue Jays. Despite having little to show for it, he's been very effective in September, posting a 2.66 ERA and 34:10 K:BB in 23.2 innings across five starts. Pineda's last decision, a loss, came on Aug. 29, while he last recorded a victory all the way back on Aug. 5. He'll get one more shot at another win at home Friday against the Orioles.
Pineda pitched 5.1 innings, allowing two runs on five hits and one walk while striking out 11 Rays in Tuesday's no-decision. Tuesday marked Pineda's 12th game this season with at least eight strikeouts, the most by a Yankee right-hander since Mike Mussina in 2003. He also became the first in team history with at least 11 strikeouts in 5.1 innings or fewer. Despite the 27-year-old's somewhat historic outing, Pineda still remains winless in his last eight starts dating back to Aug. 5. On the bright side, he did push his ERA back down to 4.89, tying his season-best mark from Aug. 16. Pineda will make his next start in Toronto on Sunday.
Pineda threw four shutout innings against the Dodgers on Wednesday before a pair of rain delays ended his night. He gave up two hits, two walks, and struck out five. Pineda was matching Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw in the early innings, but a pair of rain delays cut his start short after 82 pitches. Pineda has now failed to finish the fifth inning in each of his last three starts, and has thrown seven innings only twice all season in 29 starts. Pineda lowered his ERA to 4.94 with the start, and raised his strikeout total to 184. He'll hope to go deeper into the game when he next takes the hill against the Rays on Tuesday.