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Please set the Michael Pineda fastball velocity watch back to DEFCON 4

Mar 26, 2012, 8:42 AM EDT

New York Yankees starter Pineda pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during a spring training baseball game in Clearwater

Michael Pineda has found the few miles per hour that have been missing from his fastball. David Waldstein of the New York Times:

With a solid performance Sunday, Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda might have quelled for now some of the near panic over the mysterious loss of three or four miles per hour on his fastball.  Pitching against the Detroit Tigers, Pineda reached 94 m.p.h on the radar gun and afterward declared he had not reached his top gear.

“I have more,” he said.

I’d normally say that we could go fully back to DEFCON 5 — the lowest state of readiness — but we should all still be vigilant here and keep things at DEFCON 4. I mean, Pineda could be throwing at 91 AT ANY TIME, and we need to be able to move into panic mode at a moment’s notice.

  1. proudlycanadian - Mar 26, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    Very few of his pitches hit 94 MPH. Most were in the 90 to 92 range.

  2. sknut - Mar 26, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    Is it just me or has there been more stories of this nature this spring training? Where we probably don’t need to overreact and yet since this is all we have we do overreact. I guess I am so ready for baseball to start and its still like a week and change away.

  3. dirtyharry1971 - Mar 26, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    it was a non story right from the start

  4. uyf1950 - Mar 26, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    The kids going to be just fine. He’s using spring training for what it was meant for. Working on things like his secondary pitches, which is what the Yankees wanted him to do. And building up his stamina/arm strength and getting use to pitching for the NY Yankees in the AL East. Which is a heck of a lot different then pitching in the AL West.

    The Yankees have 6 very capable starters, which may become 7 sometime in May with the addition of Pettitte. And that’s not counting the “young arms/prospects” that have distinguished themselves this spring if they are needed to hold down the fort for a couple of weeks.

    The job of any pitcher is to give his team a chance to win and Pineda is going to give the Yankees plenty of chances to win. Not only this season but for many seasons to come.

  5. rpb1234 - Mar 26, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    The story has been a perfect storm on the main stream media saying his “velocity is down” and the blogosphere “mocking” the msm for talking about velocity too much. This has caused “consternation” among fans. Anonymous team sources are also “concerned”. The MSM then reports about the “concern about the velocity”. etc, etc, etc…

  6. buffalomafia - Mar 26, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Sounds like Emory University Orthopaedic & Spine Center Radiology guy saying Defcon 5 when there is only 2 patients on the board! Lol! Had to add it! Lol!

  7. cur68 - Mar 26, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    I live in state of perpetual DEFCON 2. Got be vigilant in case the local Beavers go rabid, y’know.

    Pineda will be Pineda this season: lights out for 4 innings and gettable for 2-3 innings, then it’ll be over to Soria. I can’t speak for what’ll happen next.

  8. pisano - Mar 26, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    Just ask the Yankees if they would reverse that trade and guess what they’d say? They are perfectly happy with Pineda and will be for quite some time, barring injuries that is.

  9. cogitobaseballergosum - Mar 26, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    How about a nice game of chess?

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