ST Game Thread: Pineda’s First Impression


(REUTERS/Steve Nesius)

For the first three months of the offseason, we wondered how and when the Yankees were going to upgrade their rotation. In one fell swoop on Friday the 13th, they added a hard-throwing youngster and a wily ol’ veteran to shore things up. Michael Pineda is that hard-throwing youngster, and all eyes will be on him today as he makes his Spring Training debut for the Yankees. Considering that Jesus Montero went the other way in the trade, the attention and scrutiny will only be greater. Here’s the starting nine…

LF Brett Gardner
CF Curtis Granderson
RF Nick Swisher
DH Raul Ibanez
1B Eric Chavez
C Russell Martin
SS Eduardo Nunez
3B Bill Hall
2B Jayson Nix

RHP Michael Pineda

Available Pitchers: RHP David Robertson is scheduled to follow Pineda. RHP Dan Burawa, LHP Cesar Cabral, LHP Juan Cedeno, RHP Brett Marshall, RHP Adam Miller, LHP Michael O’Connor, RHP Ryan Pope, RHP Graham Stoneburner also made the trip, but it’s unclear who will actually pitch and who just tagged along for the ride.

Available Position Players: C Gus Molina, 1B Jorge Vazquez, 2B Corban Joseph, SS Ramiro Pena, 3B Brandon Laird, LF Zoilo Almonte, CF Melky Mesa, RF Colin Curtis, and DH Justin Maxwell will replace the starters. C/1B Jose Gil, C J.R. Murphy, C Gary Sanchez, IF David Adams, and IF Doug Bernier also made the trip.

The game will start at 1:05pm ET and can be seen on both MLB Network and The blackout has been lifted in the Tri-State Area. In honor of Pineda’s first start, we’ve got a special game chat today. I can’t promise I’ll stick around for all nine innings, but I will give live pitch-by-pitch for at least Pineda. Fun starts after the jump…


  1. Ethan says:

    On the plus side of the trade (other than Pineda) we don’t have to listen to Sterling’s call of “Jesus is Loose” for the next 6 years.

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  3. Ethan says:

    Man, florida looks absolutely beautiful. It’s currently snowing in nova scotia :(

  4. teddy says:

    nice michael, though jesus hr

  5. TCMiller30 says:

    I wish everyone was forced to wear high pants and stirrups like D-Rob does.. Just an awesome look

  6. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Does anyone here have a Vita? I’m pretty excited for The Show tomorrow.

  7. The Oberamtmann says:

    I thought pitchers with guaranteed rotation spots generally threw only fastballs this early. Why is Pineda using so many offspeed and breaking pitches?

  8. V says:

    Anyone have an accurate pitch count on Pineda’s two innings? makes it seem like every non-strikeout was 1 pitch and both strikeouts were 3 strikes swinging.

  9. Rey22 says:

    Bill Hall, your ticket to the team just got punched.

  10. RetroRob says:

    Not an appropriate level of panic coming from the Phillies’ broadcaster on the hand injury to Nunez.

    An injured Nunez meets more of Pena or Hall. Bad.

    • jsbrendog says:

      depends on which hall you get. 2 ys ago hall = good. last yr hall = bad. a median of the two = eduardo nunez

  11. Cy Pettitte says:


  12. Mariano's Pimp Hand says:

    Has anyone tried on the xbox 360? I can’t seem to figure it out.

  13. PhillyMatt says:

    Adam Miller… yikes!

  14. Robinson Tilapia says:

    MLB At-Bat 2012 officially bought. Game’s not on radio?

  15. thenamestsam says:

    Spiffy 135.00 ERA for Miller. I think that’s the highest I’ve seen in any context ever.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      You’ve never seen the awesome ERA of “infinity.” Is there someone in the Baseball Almanac who never got a guy out, gave up a bunch of runs, and never got another shot?

      • thenamestsam says:

        Not that I can remember at least. According to a Yahoo answers link that I can’t click on because my work blocks that for some reason 13 pitchers in history have done the infinity ERA. That’d be a funny one to explain to your grandkids some day.

  16. BronxBombers98 says:

    Hey guys, here’s Pineda’s highlights, courtesy of

  17. Fin says:

    Thanks for the link. I checked out the Gardner triple too. D. Brown is rough in the OF.

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