Just to recap, last night Pineda got tossed in the second inning because the Red Sox noticed that he had applied pine tar on his neck. The umpire actually swiped his finger over the area on his neck, rubbed his fingers together and declared that it was pine tar.
And that was the end of Pineda’s fourth career start as a Yankee, and his second vs. Boston where pine tar was involved. Click HERE to watch the replay of Pineda getting busted.
Honestly, I do not know if Pineda suffers from an attitude problem, an inflated ego that makes him believe he is above MLB law, or if he suffers from an extremely low IQ.
Regardless, whatever made Pineda deliberately use pine tar so casually against the Boston Red Sox again is beyond me.
These new Yankees are undoubtedly helping fans forget the lingering blow from the 2013 season.
But it is tough to get cocky just yet after watching the middle games in last weekends series vs. the Rays. As what fan base could be all in after boosting an offensively weak opponent’s run differential by giving up 26 runs in the two games.
With the New York Yankees getting some well-deserved rest after splitting a long, and sometimes painful four game set against the Rays, it seemed like the perfect moment to check in on one of their ex-teammates who now plays in Seattle.
You remember the Yankees homegrown, All-Star, second baseman that decided a decade of losing as a Mariners was better for him than more seven years and being a Yankee his entire career.
No doubt, at first I was pretty angry when the Yankees presented a low-ball offer to Cano because that essentially led him to skedaddle to Seattle.
I never even entertained that the Yankees should go near anywhere near the 10-year, $240 million deal he inked with the Mariners, but an offer of $200 million over 8-seasons would have been the right thing to do.
Following winning yesterday’s double header against the Cubs, the New York Yankees land in Tampa on a four game winning streak to face their divisional rival Rays.
This series is a big one not only because Tropicana Field, the dome home of the Rays has not been the friendliest place to the Yankees over the last few years. It is the Rays themselves, who have been a problem for the Yankees since 2010.
Since winning the 2009 World Series, the Yankees have gone 32-41 vs. the Rays, and 14-22 at the Trop. The last 22 games the Yankees have only won six.
Still even with all the recent miseries at the Trop, I do believe the Yankees team can take this series from magical skipper Joe Maddon and his Rays if they win tonight.