Pineda & Wang duel as Yankees win 8-5 over Nationals

Sure Michael Pineda gave up 2 runs. What pitcher doesn’t give up 2 runs and makes mistakes. Besides of the 2 runs, Michael Pineda looked sharp as the Yankees defeated the Nationals 8-5 in the first game of a 2 game set. The Yankees were facing their former teammate Chien-Ming Wang who looked sharp until a Russell Martin collison at 1st forced him to leave the game with a left hamstring injury.

Pineda’s line was pretty good. He went 3.2 innings, giving up 2 runs on 4 base hits while striking out 4. Clay Rapada is making his case to be the second lefty in the bullpen by going 1.1 innings and giving up only 2 walks. Juan Cedeno went 0.2 innings while giving up 1 run on 1, Brett Marshall went 2.2 innings giving up 2 runs on 2 base hits while striking out 3. Michael O’Connor pitched 0.2 innings giving up 1 hit and Adam Warren ended the Nationals threat by getting out the only batter he faced.

The Good: Bill Hall made his case for a spot on the 25 man roster today, having 2 base hits and driving in 2 runs.Russell Martin also had a base hit for the Yankees. He came out of the Chien-Ming Wang collision unscathed so that was also good news.

The Bad: Brett Gardner had a very tough game, striking out all three times he was at the plate. I know this is Spring Training, but his performance is beginning to worry me (along with Robinson Cano‘s who didn’t play today.)

WHAT’S NEXT: The Nationals will travel down to Tampa and face the Yankees on their turf this time. CC Sabathia is slated to start for the Yankees.

About Delia E.

Delia Enriquez is the managing editor of Yankees Fans Unite. She enjoys analyzing the New York Yankees whether it be their pitching, roster or their manager. You can follow her on twitter @dfiregirl4 for more tweets, analysis and opinion on the Yankees.

Posted on March 15, 2012, in Game Reviews and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. It’s way too early to be worried about any regulars, Cano will be Cano, even Halliday is have trouble with his fastball this spring. Most established players would rather be cold in the spring and save the hits and top play for the season. The idea for the good players is too get in playing shape and stay healthy, it’s a long season.

  2. Saw this analysis of Pineda’s day on ESPN-New York a few minutes ago:

    The initial seven batters Michael Pineda faced Thursday were sent back to the dugout. In the first, Pineda struck out two of his first three batters. He showed a nasty slider and some solid changes.
    So there were some nice signs from his 3-2/3 innings of two-run, four-hit ball against the Nationals in Viera. He struck out four and walked one. He threw 65 pitches, 41 of which were strikes.
    But there was also this: scouts behind home plate had Pineda’s velocity at mostly 90-92.
    When Pineda dominated in the first half of last year, he threw his fastball in the mid-90s. Last spring, at this time, Pineda was throwing 95-98 and his changeup was at 88.
    And there was the fact that after giving up a bomb of an RBI double to Adam LaRoche into right center in the fourth, he walked Jayson Werth. This resulted in Joe Girardi pulling Pineda before he finished his fourth inning.
    It is the second consecutive start that Pineda has not completed his allotted amount of innings. (He was at 65 pitches and the plan for him to be around 60.)
    Before LaRoche’s rip, there was the run he gave up in the third when No. 9 batter, Jhonatan Solano, nailed an RBI double into right.
    Girardi is stating to judge his starters now and Pineda is going to have to out-pitch Phil Hughes and Freddy Garcia to have a spot in the rotation to begin the season. If not, he very well could be at Triple-A, which could allow him to lower expectations so he can deal with New York.

    • uyf, it’s too early to worry about velocity, even Halliday isn’t throwing to his potential. The pitchers are not ready yet to throw their best, some will get better some level off and some get worse, it’s hard to tell. The sports writers are already jumping on Halliday and he is getting pissed.

      • I’m not worried about it at all at this point. I just posted that piece in case anyone wanted to read it. I liked his line today and also what the piece says about his “other” pitches.

    • uyf, last year at this time Pineda hadn’t thrown 170 major league innings, that’s the big difference. Pitching can be cumlitive and mind set. Pineda feels he is a starting pitcher and last year he was striving to be a starting pitcher,big difference. Sometimes you have to put yourself in their shoes. Minor league pitchers are going to give their all when they get their call up, major leaguers are waiting for the minor leaguers to get sent down before they get serious.

      • Doug thats a real good take.I’ll be worried on opening day if THE BIG GUY IS HAVING TROUBLE CRACKING 90.Until then I realy liked his slider and change today ,both pitches were filthy.

  3. The Yankees finally got some offense going today. It’s nice to see.

    • These games mean nothing, the Yanks had only 2 starters playing today. The pitchers are still getting into shape (50-60) pitches. Alot of AAA players playing, teams will get serious after cuts in a week from now.

  4. Does anybody like Bill Hall as much as me?
    I think he is a better choice than Chavez.I like his swing ,he’s more versital,younger and healthier.Chavez has seen better days and had to be coaxed into playing.I would rather take the hungrier player in Hall.What do you guys think???

    • I agree with you Ballpark. I am REALLY hoping that the Yankees put Hall on the 25 man roster. He’s such a class act and he seems that he wants to play because he loves it. Like you said, Chavez had to be coaxed to come back. Hall is here because he wants to be here.

    • My take is the 2 players are kind of close ability-wise so I look at some of the other factors. Chavez gets a plus because he hits lefty but all the other factors favor Hall.

      Hall is younger, more athletic, plays just about every position and isn’t constantly injured. His last productive yr was 2010 while Chavez’ was 2007. I’d give the nod to Hall.

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