Pineda threw a total of 31 pitches and 19 were strikes, so that has to put a smile on Yankee fans faces.
And please note I am well aware that spring training is no guarantee for anything to come, as the outcomes of the games are meaningless. Some fans were acting like A-rod’s first game yesterday was Game 6 of the World Series, so please try to keep everything in perspective.
Still, you would rather see a great start over a bad one; especially by the pitcher who was the centerpiece of the Jesus Montero trade this off-season.
Pineda displayed a confident mound presence, and he didn’t hesitate on throwing his ‘work-in-progress’ change-up, which struck out Phillies Shane Victorino.
Overall, Pineda can definitely build on this first outing, and hopefully keep up the momentum moving forward.
It will be interesting to see him get better over the next few weeks and hopefully he can adjust to the New York media, hounding him all the time.
- ST Game Thread: Pineda’s First Impression (riveraveblues.com)
- Spring training Game 4: Yankees at Phillies (yankees.lhblogs.com)
- Yankees 3, Phillies 9: Pineda Is Impressive (pinstripealley.com)
- Today’s News: Pineda’s Debut, Nunez Hurt (slidingintohome.blogspot.com)
- Spring Training Game Three: Pineda’s Debut (pinstripealley.com)
- Changeups! (yankees.lhblogs.com)
- Pregame notes: Pineda gets the ball (yankees.lhblogs.com)