BaseballMichael Pineda is Pitching Like an Ace Michael Pineda struck out a career high 16 batters on Mother’s Day. by Staff Post May 11, 2015 Michael Pineda (Adam Hunger/USA Today) On Sunday afternoon New York Yankees’ right-handed pitcher Michael Pineda struck out a career-high 16 batters showing everyone once again why he is the Yankees ace, as the Yankees defeated the Baltimore Orioles 6-2 in the Bronx.Lately, the role of the so called “ace” of the Yankees has been discussed, but unannounced. Yankees pitchers Masahiro Tanaka and C.C. Sabathia still loom in the clubhouse, but injuries to Tanaka and old age and a decrease in velocity for Sabathia have slowed down performance.Yankees fans have been realizing of late that Michael Pineda’s starts are becoming a very special outing. The tall righty some refer to as “Big Mike” has been nothing less than spectacular, posting a record of 5-0, while supporting an earned run average of 2.72. Pineda, who has 54 strikeouts in 46.1 innings pitched, is currently ranked first among all major league pitchers.The dominant right-hander’s last start against the Toronto Blue Jays on May 5 was the longest scoreless start of his career. When he took the mound against the Orioles, Pineda led the American League with a 12.67 strikeouts-to-walks ratio. By the end of his day, he ramped that up to 18.0, by not allowing a walk over 111 pitches.Pineda’s 16 strikeouts ties him with David Wells and David Cone for second most in a single game in franchise history behind only Ron Guidry, who had 18 against the California Angles in July of 1978.Pineda usually throws a mid-90s fastball but has been utilizing a slider which seems to be his go to strikeout pitch.Whatever Pineda is throwing seems to be working as the Yankees and their new proclaimed ace race towards the summer. Post Views: 1,160The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest PostsStaff PostLatest posts by Staff Post (see all) In The Zone Announces Initial Podcast Lineup - November 13, 2020 The Essential Resources You Need to Start Your Own Gym in 2020 - February 6, 2020 Wilder vs Fury II – How the second fight will be different to the first? - February 5, 2020 Early turnovers, defensive struggles plague the Scarlet Knights - January 26, 2020 Related TopicsCC SabathiaMasahiro TanakaMichael PinedaNew York Yankees 1 Comment You must be logged in to post a comment Login Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Newsletter SubscriptionCan't Miss Posts! MetLife Stadium to host Army-Navy Game in 2021 by Kelly Lynn | posted on August 23, 2017 Women in Sports: NHL Network Host, Jackie Redmond by Nicholas Durst | posted on March 4, 2019 The Most Catastrophic Boat Trip Since the Titanic; the New York Giants by John Venezia | posted on October 4, 2020 How Former NFL Scout and Coach Chris Landry Became an Entrepreneur and Sportscaster by Anthony Paradiso | posted on March 23, 2021 Women in Sports: Ariel Epstein, On-Air Host at SportsGrid (VIDEO) by Anthony Paradiso | posted on March 12, 2021More in Baseball You Know I’m Right, Episode 112: New York Jets’ Insider Brian Costello (Audio/Video)On the 112th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... You Know I’m Right, Episode 109: The Athletic’s Marc Carig (Audio/Video)On the 109th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... You Know I’m Right, Episode 108: WFAN’s Sweeny Murti (Audio/Video)On the 108th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... You Know I’m Right, Episode 107: New York Post’s Columnist Mike Vaccaro (Audio/Video)On the 107th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... Alex Rodriguez Is Back And Finally Has Support Syndergaard Gets The Call from Mets; Can Matz be Far Behind?