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There are a lot of warning signs about Pineda that some are ignoring. Specifically:
(1) He is an extreme fly ball pitcher who was helped immensely by Safeco, but now moves to the L-handed hitter's haven that is Yankee Stadium. If he continues giving up fly balls to 45% of the hitters he faces, he will give up a ton of HR's.
(2) Pineda faded significantly down the stretch, posting ERA's in July-September of 6.75, 4.70, and 4.00.
(3) Pineda showed up at the Yankees camp 20 lbs. heavier than they had wanted. His lack of fitness may be a significant factor in why he faded in the 2nd half of 2011, and will not improve with him showing up fat.
(4) His velocity in his first spring outing was 88-91, and reportedly the 91 came only with "max effort." Yes, for heaven's sake, it's early, I get that. But seriously, his velocity is below Jeff Karsten's? And he is an extreme flyball pitcher, in Yankee Stadium, set to face the Red Sox, Rays and Jays line-ups?
Reason for concern.
- 1 Reply to TK from LA
The fact you state it's oft ingored is exactly a reason to do this trade. If you don't believe in him, you can trade him for a better player or package than Hunter/Jair could net him. Lots of people want Pineda and will pay a nice return, especially if they need pitching. And if you believe that he'll do good this season, then again makes sense to do this trade.
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