Michael Pineda's season debut fared somewhat better than Masahiro Tanaka's.
Oh, who am I kidding? It doesn't matter if it was better. It still stank:
3.2 IP, 8H, 4ER, 0BB 6K
Is there any hope for this guy? Well, let's see. He's a free agent at the end of this year, yet he can't find it within himself to pitch like it.
What's that? It's only his first start? So what? I don't give a damn. I am sick and tired of Michael Francisco Pineda.
He'll be gone by the end of the year. But is there a way to get rid of him before that? I don't see a mid-season trade as a possibility, unless there's a pitching coach somewhere who believes he can fix him. I don't know if his stuff translates to the bullpen, but in any case, they already have two guys there (Adam Warren and Bryan Mitchell) who can be used in long relief.
The only solution I see is to release him. Give him until, say, June. Then cut him loose.
Why not? By virtue of the other pieces related to his acquisition not even being in the Majors anymore, the Yankees have won the trade. A hollow victory, yes, but it's time to claim it and move on. Slot another of the kids into the rotation, be it Jordan Montgomery, James Kaprielian or someone else, and let the big mess called Big Mike hit the road.
FS1 showed Pineda in the dugout, after he was relieved in the fourth inning, looking as if he were complaining to Luis Severino. Severino will be starting Friday, after an off-day on Thursday. If I knew he could hear me I'd have screamed at the TV: Don't listen to him! Do you, Sevy. Do you.