Saturday, November 5, 2016
Posted by el duque at 7:01 AM
(Note: We STILL won that fukking deal, because we also got Vincente Campos, whom we traded to Arizona last August for Tyler Clippard! So woopie THAT.)
Pineda is one of those rare pitchers best characterized by wins and losses, a generally deceptive - if not useless - stat. Last year, on a team that finished over .500, he went 6-12. (Think of it this way: If he goes 9-9, we make the Wild Card.) Over his career, he is 32-37, and that seems to sum things up. He loses more than he wins.
Occasionally, he pitches zeros, fans 10 or 12, and makes us think he's figured out the cosmos, and he's about to become an ace. An inning later, he will be in the shower, having given up five runs, all with two outs. Wait: Did I mention that he cannot get the third out? That his mind just seems to float over the rainbow? Or that now and then, he does incredibly stupid things, such as slather his neck with so much pine tar that the Redsocks have no choice but to call him out on it? And then, while serving his 10-game ban for the pine tar fiasco, he hurts himself in a simulated game and then misses a month, and then sucks when he returns? Did I mention that? Because that's the Michael Pineda we know.
We have him for one more mystery season - one more - though I sense we all know how this will play out. We've seen the Ivan "Super" Nova movie. Thus, Pineda will be consistently inconsistent, drive us batty through June, get traded at the deadline for two nothing burgers, then adjust his arm angle and pitch lights-out for some National League team in a roomy park. If I were the Pirates GM, I would call Cashman once a week, making sure he knows my interest.
The truth is, enigmas like Pineda drive teams crazy - and I suspect it's even worse for Cashman, who bases his moves on analytical printouts - which simply do not matter.
Pineda is the worst thing that can happen to a starting rotation. You just keep thinking he'll be good. And someday, he probably will be - but not with the Yankees. I'm starting to wish we kept Jesus.