Michael Pineda
SP NYY
5 days ago

Pineda has been tabbed as the third starter, set to make his first start April 5 against the Rays, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Manager Joe Girardi expressed his desire to not stack same-handed pitchers back-to-back if possible, so southpaw CC Sabathia was slotted in second ahead of Pineda to get a lefty following ace Masahiro Tanaka. At his most dominant, Pineda has shown flashes of being a top-tier pitcher, something he proved while working to 10.6 K/9 last season. The problem is that he's been unable to harness that ability on a consistent basis, as he posted a career-worst 4.82 ERA in 2016 and struggled keeping the ball in the yard. The potential is there, but at some point it may prove too late for the 28-year-old to fully take advantage of it.

Michael Pineda
SP NYY
3 months ago

Pineda agreed to a one-year, $7.4 million deal with the Yankees on Friday, avoiding arbitration, FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reports.

EDGE Analysis

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.

Michael Pineda
SP NYY
6 months ago

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.

EDGE Analysis

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.

Michael Pineda
SP NYY
6 months ago

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.

EDGE Analysis

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.

Michael Pineda
SP NYY
6 months ago

Pineda (6-11) pitched 5.1 innings, allowing two runs on five hits and one walk while striking out 11 Rays in Tuesday's no-decision.

EDGE Analysis

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.

Michael Pineda
SP NYY
6 months ago

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.

EDGE Analysis

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.

Michael Pineda
SP NYY
7 months ago

Pineda didn't factor into the decision against the Rays on Friday despite striking out seven over 4.2 innings, during which he gave up two earned runs on six hits and two walks.

EDGE Analysis

Both runs came on solo homers in back-to-back at-bats in the fourth, with Logan Morrison blasting a 432-foot shot to right and Steven Souza, Jr. following up with a 358-foot blast to left. Pineda missed plenty of bats otherwise, notching an impressive 18 swinging strikes over his 77 pitches. The righty has failed to reach the fifth inning in either of his last two starts due to some elevated pitch counts, but has actually only surrendered four earned runs over that span. He was actually worse in the previous pair of trips to the mound, giving up five earned runs apiece against the Mariners and Royals to close out August. He'll look for his first victory since Aug. 5 when he takes on the Dodgers next Wednesday.

Michael Pineda
SP NYY
7 months ago

Pineda (6-11) needed 87 pitches to get through four innings Sunday as he allowed two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out four, coming away with a no-decision in a 5-2 win over the Orioles.

EDGE Analysis

It was his shortest outing since he got chased after 3.2 innings in Tampa Bay on May 28 but Pineda has managed to pitch six innings just three times in his last six starts, posting a shaky 5.01 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 32.1 innings over that stretch. He'll next take the mound at home Friday against those same Rays.

Michael Pineda
SP NYY
7 months ago

Pineda (6-11) allowed five runs on seven hits despite eight strikeouts in a loss Monday to the Royals.

EDGE Analysis

This start serves as a microcosm for Pineda's season. He owns a brilliant 168:40 K:BB in 147.2 innings, but his inability to keep runners off the bases (158 hits allowed) has cancelled out his strikeout mastery. He was partially let down by his bullpen Monday night -- he allowed two baserunners to open the ninth, who were promptly allowed to score by reliever Blake Parker. Still, Pineda's struggles with hits (9.6 H/9) and home runs (1.3 HR/9) have kept him from reaching his potential this season.

Michael Pineda
SP NYY
7 months ago

Pineda will make his next start Monday against the Royals, Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

Pineda was initially slated to start Sunday's series finale against the Orioles, but the Yankees have opted to swap him with C.C. Sabathia. So it will now be Sabathia on the hill Sunday, while Pineda takes the mound for Monday's series-opener in Kansas City.