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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Michael Pineda News
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Michael Pineda was solid despite a no-decision in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Mariners. Pineda recorded a quality start, pitching six innings while allowing two runs on four hits with six strikeouts compared to no walks. The veteran had two mistakes on the day- a pair of home runs allowed- though he did a nice job of keeping the basepaths empty besides that. Pineda has an 11-2 strikeout-to-walk-ratio through his first two starts of the season- and seems poised to deliver solid late-round value for fantasy managers.
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Michael Pineda earned the win in his first start of the 2021 season against the Brewers. Pineda tossed five innings of one-run ball, allowing four hits, one unearned run, and a pair of walks while fanning five batters. The 32-year-old right-hander was cruising through four innings until he got himself into trouble in the fifth, loading the bases before getting two timely strikeouts to work out of the jam. Pineda induced 10 whiffs, six of them on his slider. He'll get a favorable matchup in his next start against the Mariners on April 10. Seattle's lineup posted the eighth-highest strikeout rate in the majors last season, so Pineda could be in a good position to rack up some more punchouts.
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Michael Pineda will take the mound for his team in their third game of the season against the Brewers. Pineda's spring statistics may not have looked great, but he did flash his ability to miss bats, registering 10 strikeouts to just one walk. The 32-year-old will get an intriguing matchup on Sunday against a Brewers' lineup that underachieved last year, placing in the bottom-10 of the league in OPS while posting the third-highest strikeout rate. Pineda has the potential to rack up some whiffs in his first start of 2021.
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.