Pineda (3-3) picked up the win against the Mariners on Thursday, giving up three earned runs on five hits over seven innings, striking out six with no walks in an 11-6 victory for the Twins. The veteran righty hurled a quality start for a second straight outing and threw seven innings for the first time all season. He has a solid 41:9 K:BB, but his propensity for giving up long balls leaves him with uninspiring ratios, as Pineda is sporting a 5.55 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. He gave up three more homers on Thursday, and opponents have now left the yard against him 13 times in 47 innings.
Pineda allowed three runs on six hits over six frames, striking out five and walking none in a no-decision against the Tigers on Saturday. Pineda has long been known for his strong strikeout-to-walk ratio and his high number of home runs allowed, and Saturday's performance was vintage Pineda. Each of the runs he gave up came on solo shots, with Ronny Rodriguez and Brandon Dixon beating him in the second inning and Rodriguez getting his number again in the fourth. The quality start dropped Pineda's ERA to a still-high 5.85. He'll look to lower that number again Saturday in Seattle.
Pineda (2-3) gave up four runs (three earned) on six hits and three walks while striking out eight through five innings, taking the loss against the Yankees on Sunday. Despite allowing nine baserunners, Pineda held the Yankees to two runs before a two-run blast by Mike Tauchman in the fourth inning. The start wasn't without positives, as the 30-year-old induced 18 swinging strikes, but he was too inefficient, throwing 95 pitches in only five innings. He has a 2-3 record with a 6.09 ERA and a 30:9 K:BB through seven starts this season. Pineda will get his next start Saturday in the opening game of a doubleheader against the Tigers.
Pineda (2-1) allowed six runs on seven hits (including two home runs) with just one strikeout and a walk in 3.2 innings during a loss to the Blue Jays on Thursday. The Twins spotted Pineda a lead, but he gave up two homers in the first four innings. He gave up a bases-clearing double in the fourth as well, which ended his afternoon. Pineda is experiencing some issues keeping the ball in the yard, as he's allowed four homers through four starts this season. That's the biggest reason why he owns a 5.30 ERA. He is also 2-1 with a 1.23 WHIP and 16 strikeouts in 18.2 innings. His next start is expected to be on the road against the Astros.
Pineda (2-0) earned his second victory by pitching six innings Saturday against the Tigers, allowing three runs on eight hits with five strikeouts and no walks. Pineda allowed two runs in the third inning on four singles and a sacrifice fly but kept the Tigers off the board except for a Christin Stewart solo homer in the sixth. He was removed after throwing 96 pitches and has walked just two batters over his 15 innings this season. The 30-year-old now sports a 3.00 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP, and is scheduled to face the Blue Jays at home Thursday.