Michael Pineda had the best game of his career on Sunday, striking out 16 Orioles en route to a 6-2 Yankees victory. Pineda tossed 111 pitches over seven innings (including 81 strikes). He struck out at least two batters in all seven innings including striking out the side in the second and fifth innings.
It was a dominant performance by the 26-year old right hander — worth every penny of his $8,100 DFS salary. Pineda was actually tops on the DK MLB perfect lineup for May 10 with 42.15 points.
Michael Pineda: 16 K and 0 BB, most K in a game without a BB in Yankees history (record was 13)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 10, 2015
Pineda’s career day came on a Mother’s Day in which King Felix and Clayton Kershaw reached 2,000 and 1,500 career strikeouts respectively, so stealing the show from two of the best in the game was a big deal.
Michael Pineda: first 16-K game against the Orioles since Sam McDowell had 16 for the Indians on Sept. 4, 1965— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 10, 2015
Now 5-0 with a 2.72 ERA and 54 strikeouts, Pineda is having the elite season that has always been expected of him.
Here’s a look from ESPN.com at just how special he’s been:
“Pineda is one of four pitchers with 50 strikeouts this season along with Clayton Kershaw, James Shields and Chris Archer. But Pineda is the only one in that group with fewer than 10 walks. He has three.
The Elias Sports Bureau notes that Pineda has the most strikeouts (54) before reaching his fourth walk of any pitcher in Yankees history.”
When I think of Michael Pineda, this is the first thing that comes to mind.
The ways things are going for him this season, that may change.
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