Michael Pineda Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 7" / 280 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 1/18/1989 (32)
Michael Pineda Season Stats
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Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Michael Pineda notched his fourth victory of the season in Wednesday's defeat of the White Sox. Pineda pitched five innings, allowing one run on four hits while issuing just one walk. The veteran right-hander struck out four and had his slider in peak form, generating nine of his 10 whiffs on the pitch. It's the first time that Pineda has allowed one run since May, lowering his ERA to 3.93 with the effort. Pineda could fare better in the wins department if moved to a contending team at the trade deadline, though with just a 21 percent strikeout rate and some poor batted ball metrics, his ERA may rise in the coming starts.
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Michael Pineda struggled in Wednesday's loss to the Chicago White Sox. Pineda made his first start since returning from the injured list but was quite ineffective, surrendering a career-high 12 hits and five earned runs in 5 1/3 innings. He didn't yield a walk and struck out four, though there weren't many positives to take from this performance. Pineda's season ERA has ballooned to 4.11- and there could be more regression towards his 4.92 xERA, especially if he continues to allow the highest barrel and hard-hit rates of his career. His outlook for wins could improve if he's moved to a contending team at the trade deadline, though his fantasy stock is trending downwards regardless at the moment.
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Michael Pineda (elbow) will be activated from the injured list on Wednesday and start against the Chicago White Sox, Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic reported. Pineda has been sidelined since mid-June with right elbow inflammation and allowed four earned runs with one strikeout and three walks through four innings pitched in his only Triple-A rehab start. The 32-year-old right-hander has been steady through 11 starts this season with a 3.70 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 51 strikeouts over 56 innings. However, Pineda struggled when he faced the White Sox back on May 13, allowing two home runs and three earned runs in 5 1/3 innings pitched, and he'll be a bit more risky in his first start off the injured list.
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Michael Pineda only made five starts in 2020, but do not overlook the fact that he posted a 3.38 ERA with a 2.22 FIP, although the 4.46 xFIP is a little high. But his strikeout rate was over 22 percent for the fifth straight season and his walk rate continues to sit below seven percent. That means he will give you a good amount of strikeouts nearly one per inning but he also does a good job of limiting the free passes. And if you are still skeptical, just know that his 86 mph exit velocity and 32.1 percent hard-hit rate were both the lowest he's posted in the Statcast era. For years, the long ball was what would doom Pineda, but in 26 2/3 innings pitched in 2020, he did not allow a single home run. That could just be due to a small sample size, but perhaps less-frequent hard contact is helping Pineda, who also sports a near 40 percent ground-ball rate. The best part is you can get Pineda outside of the first 200 picks, as he currently has an ADP around 223 overall. He may not surprise anyone and win the Cy Young this season, but he can definitely provide strikeouts, innings and even some wins while pitching for the Twins in the American League East, all while not blowing up your ERA or WHIP.