When a team's starting pitcher has a first inning ERA of 15.43, it's safe to say they're not going to win many of the games he pitches in. Add to that a total of four walks last night--which hasn't been done since the pitcher was a rookie in 2011--and you have all the makings of a frustrating loss. Michael Pineda is now 1-4 on the season, with an overall ERA of 6.28.
Manager Joe Girardi didn't help things by allowing Pineda to load the bases in the sixth inning, before replacing him with Nick Goody. By then Pineda had thrown 114 pitches. Someone needs to take Girardi's binder and hit him over the head with it.
Just kidding. However you slice it, last night's game was a loss. Time to turn the page and to focus on winning the series tonight. As Carlos Beltran said, "...We have an important game. It would be great to win the series against the World [Series] champions. I think if we're capable of doing that it's going to be a positive for us."
They will have to do it against former Yankee Ian Kennedy. I'm in no mood to see Kennedy pitch the game of his life. However, if Nathan Eovaldi wants to do so, he's more than welcome to.
Let's go Evo, and let's go Yankees!