Game 155, Mariners at Twins

marc w · September 21, 2011 at 5:02 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Michael Pineda vs. Kevin Slowey, 5:10pm

This will be Michael Pineda’s final start of 2011. The hulking righty is comfortably among the top 10 pitchers in baseball in fastball velocity, K rate, and batting average against and he’s among the most valuable rookie pitchers in baseball. He’s been remarkable despite being so obviously raw. He still doesn’t throw his work-in-progress change-up all that much. He’ll miss spots significantly – throwing 4 consecutive fastballs out of the zone, or throw a slider in the middle of the plate. But, in general, he’s so talented that he’s not hurt in the way that other pitchers are. When your fastball is so good, hitters are more vulnerable to offspeed pitches – even the occasional *bad* offspeed pitch.

Michael Pineda has been an absolute joy to watch, and his development is a joy to dream about. You’re not supposed to be raw AND YET a good control pitcher. You’re not supposed to work on your offspeed stuff in the majors and get away with it. Get a win for him, M’s.

1: Ichiro
2: Seager
3: Ackley
4: Carp (LF)
5: Smoak (DH)
6: Olivo
7: Kennedy (1B)
8: Liddi
9: Robinson (CF)

Michael Pineda


12 Responses to “Game 155, Mariners at Twins”

  1. Breadbaker on September 21st, 2011 5:21 pm

    The following is a list of the reasons why Adam Kennedy would be in the Mariners lineup at this point in the season:

  2. Liam on September 21st, 2011 5:31 pm

    They just put up a graphic of the top WAR announcing duos in baseball. (As in Ron Fairly, Mike Blowers)

  3. joser on September 21st, 2011 6:28 pm

    Ugh, Alex “mani della pietra” Liddi…

  4. joser on September 21st, 2011 6:35 pm

    Man, I love double-plays that involve the catcher. And 1-2-3 is pretty rare even among those.

  5. juneau_fan on September 21st, 2011 6:49 pm

    Whoo-hoo! it’s nice to play a team equally poor.

  6. Chris_From_Bothell on September 21st, 2011 6:58 pm

    I really hope Pineda works on his change in winter ball and/or spring training and gets it down, so we don’t have to hear people harping on it anymore.

    You watch – next spring, there will be an article about how Pineda’s fastball is known by the league, and the changeup is so new, and there’s the danger of a sophomore slump, so maybe he should start the year in Tacoma to work on his curve… 😉

  7. Breadbaker on September 21st, 2011 7:01 pm

    WTF Jimenez? You take the out at first. No tag needed. We were very lucky there (and Olivo deserves props).

  8. juneau_fan on September 21st, 2011 7:05 pm

    Pena as a pitch runner.

    *head, desk*

  9. henryv on September 21st, 2011 7:21 pm

    Every time I see Shawn Kelly pitching, I want to give him a hug and say, “I’m glad you’re back.”

    And then whisper in his ear “because the rest of these guys kinda suck.”

  10. henryv on September 21st, 2011 8:03 pm

    If the M’s keep winning they’re going to blow their shot at another ACC player.

  11. groundzero55 on September 21st, 2011 8:08 pm

    Doesn’t look like we’ll be getting the #2 pick.

    The most recent ranking I found has, in order:

    #3 – high school outfielder
    #4 – high school 3B
    #5 – college RHP
    #6 – college catcher

  12. samregens on September 22nd, 2011 3:39 am

    I wish that Pineda had got the win.

    He’s been great for us and deserved to win 10 or more.

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