LADY AT THE BAT: Pineda Pitching In Cold Weather Tonight Could Mean Trouble

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Pineda Pitching In Cold Weather Tonight Could Mean Trouble

The New York Yankees will continue their series against the Blue Jays tonight at Yankee Stadium.  Early this morning, Weather.com was predicting clouds and a temperature of 44 degrees at first pitch, with showers arriving in the 8pm hour. It's not too terrible a forecast. They should be able to get the game in.

However, will they be able to get Michael Pineda in? More specifically, will they be able to get him through? Will he get through the game without another pine tar incident?

The last time Pineda pitched in cold weather was about year ago in Boston, when he was caught with pine tar on his neck. The understanding was that he used it to get a better grip on the ball in the cold weather.  After this transgression, he vowed never to touch the stuff again.

If he keeps his promise, the Yankees and their fans could be staring at an 0-2 record. If he doesn't, they could be dealing with another, longer suspension.

Hopefully, reality is somewhere in between. Pineda will find a legal way to deal with the cold, and will give the Yankees their first solid start of the season.

Good luck, Big Mike.

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