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Michael Pineda close to being shut down by Mariners: A fan’s reaction
Michael Pineda(notes) is about to be shut down for the season by the Seattle Mariners. In an effort to control the number of innings that the rookie starting pitcher gets this year, Pineda will only get three more starts this season.
The Mariners website reported on the situation Tuesday night, revealing when Pineda would take the mound throughout September. The plan is to have him take the mound on Saturday, Sept. 3 against the Oakland Athletics and then on Sept. 10 against the Kansas City Royals and Sept. 21 against the Minnesota Twins. If he pitches too many innings in those first two games, he might also be skipped when the Minnesota start comes along.
Pineda has posted 153 innings so far in 2011, all under the plan that he would only be allowed to pitch around 170 total innings. This has been the plan since the first day of the season and was designed to help protect his arm for a long career in Seattle. The most that Pineda had pitched before this year was 139 1/3 innings, so he has already surpassed that heading into this upcoming weekend. His recent struggles might also indicate that the season has been wearing him down.
After making the American League All-Star team, Pineda has only won one start since July 4. That has pretty much taken him out of the race for American league Rookie of the Year, harming his overall statistics to the point that he isn't in the conversation anymore. After his last start, Pineda is now 9-8 with a 3.71 ERA for 2011. Not that bad at all, but not noteworthy enough to separate him from the rest of the rookie candidates.
Pineda is definitely looking like someone who could be a great No. 2 on the Seattle Mariners' pitching staff for many years to come. He has had a number of bright spots during the season and hopefully he can close it out strong. With the next two starts against under-performing teams in Oakland and Kansas City, it gives him the perfect chance to finish the year with two great wins and possibly win 11 games in his rookie campaign.
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*Ryan is a lifelong Seattle Mariners fan who never misses an opportunity to attend a game at Safeco Field. He has been attending games since 1985, and has fond memories of The Kingdome, Edgar Martinez, and the historic 1995 team. Sodo Mojo!
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