Normally, Yankees fans would be snorting in indignation while the players the club gave up for an individual who is not even on the active roster did well for their new club. However, in this case, the players the Yankees parted with to garner Pineda -- Jesus Montero and Hector Noesi -- have had less than stellar campaigns, to say the least.
Montero, a catcher by trade but often used in the designated hitter slot, is in the throes of a terrible 3-for-32 slump in his last ten contests. Jesus is batting only .245 for the year, with eight home runs and 28 runs batted in. Montero has proven to be a free swinger, fanning 67 times and accepting a walk on just 14 occasions in his 274 plate appearances. While the 23-year-old right-handed hitter has plenty of time to turn things around, he is obviously not the instant superstar that New York fans envisioned him as being.
If you went by his batting average, Noesi would be a star, as he went 2-for-2 at the plate during interleague play. But it is when the other team grabs its bats and strides to the dish that causes Noesi considerable distress. He has won just twice for the Mariners in 2012, with 11 losses on his ledger. Noesi has lost eight consecutive decisions, prompting the club to demote him to the Triple-A Tacoma affiliate while the team does not need a fifth starter during the All-Star break.
Noesi, who went 2-2 for the Yankees last year in limited work, has pitched to an earned run average of 5.77 in his 17 outings. Noesi has struck out 60, while walking 34 in his 96.2 innings thrown. His hits-to-innings pitched ratio is not as bad as you would expect from someone who is minus-9 in the win-loss column, as Hector has given up 94 base hits for the year. But the most eye-popping stat that is a solid indicator of his problems is the 20 home runs Noesi has allowed.
Only Seattle teammate Jason Vargas has thrown more gopher balls than Noesi has, giving up 22. No pitcher in the major leagues has more losses; Baltimore's Brian Matusz is second with 10 losses. Again, Hector is young enough to salvage his career, if not this season, but if Pineda returns to health eventually and regains his previous form, Yankees fans may be hard pressed to recall who the club traded away to get him.
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