Lots of questions have come up in the wake of the Michael Pineda injury: When did Pineda get hurt? What did the Mariners know (and when did they know it)? Chad Jennings tackles these and other important questions in a post he put up today at The LoHud Yankees Blog.
He does a good job of combing through Brian Cashman's reaction to the injury, including something Cashman calls a big myth- Pineda's velocity in the second half of 2011:
"The myth Cashman’s refering to is the idea that Pineda’s second half was significantly worse than his first half last season. His ERA suggests that’s the case, but his strikeouts-per-nine and walks-per-nine stayed almost exactly the same (strikeouts-per-nine actually went up a little bit). As for velocity, that stayed relatively consistent as well except for his last start when he was pitching on 10-days rest and had gone through a kind of odd September as the Mariners tried to limit his workload."
Good stuff. Read the entire post here.