Michael Pineda came into camp on February 19 hoping that he could win a spot in the New York Yankees rotation. With approximately a week and a half until Opening Day, Pineda has drawn up concern among fans and writers. Of course we all know that Michael Pineda has not been in New York for long and is not accustom to someone over-analyzing his every move in every outing but hey, this is New York, the center of the media zoo.
In Pineda’s last couple of starts, he has shown promise. He has shown why he was so powerful in Seattle but there was an issue with all his outings; control. In an excerpt from Andrew Marchand’s article on ESPN New York, he explains how velocity isn’t his only issue, but also control:
The major concern for Michael Pineda’s spring has been velocity, but that has masked another problem for the talented, young starter thus far — a lack of control. For the fourth time in five outings, Pineda could not last the ideal amount of innings in his start Sunday because he threw too many pitches.
After 87 pitches and five innings Sunday, he was out of there.
The fact that Pineda’s fastball stayed at 90-92 throughout his start, with the occasional 93 or 94, is still a definite concern if he is going to be a dominant starter. But, right now, he trends toward a four or five to begin the season because he may have an inability to go deeper into games and dominate. He looks like a 12-to-14 win guy with around a 4.00 ERA.
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