Michael Pineda hurled eight scoreless innings in a win last Tuesday against the Blue Jays, striking out six batters and issuing only one walk to move to 4-0 on the season. He was arguably even more dominant on Sunday, tallying a career-high 16 strikeouts and walking none over seven innings of one-run ball as the Yankees beat the Orioles 6-2 in The Bronx.
Pineda is the first pitcher in Yankees history to register a 16-strikeout, zero-walk game and it’s just the 22nd pitching line of that kind in the history of Major League Baseball. The franchise record for most strikeouts in a game belongs to Ron Guidry, who whiffed 18 on June 17, 1978.
Pineda is now 5-0 with a stellar 2.72 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, and 54/3 K/BB ratio in 46 1/3 innings this season.
And the Yankees are in first place in the American League East with a record of 20-12.
Jesus Montero, meanwhile, is playing first base for the Mariners’ Triple-A team.
From Nick Cafardo’s Sunday notes in the Boston Globe …
Aaron Harang, RHP, Phillies — We’ve mentioned Harang as another possible fit for a contending team. According to a major league source, inquiries on him have picked up and teams are scouting him as a possible solution. Obviously not an ace, but he fits the back end of a lot of rotations. “He gives you a steady, dependable performance, “ said one NL scout. “You don’t give up a lot for him, but if you can get him for a second-level prospect, you do it.”
Philadelphia entered play Sunday with an 11-20 record and there’s very little hope for a turnaround. It’s a rebuilding team, and Harang is on a one-year, $5 million free agent deal. He’s as good as gone.
The 37-year-old right-hander has posted a superb 2.38 ERA, 1.015 WHIP, and 31/9 K/BB ratio in 45 1/3 innings this season. He also had a cool 3.57 ERA in 204 1/3 innings last season with the Braves.
Watch as Phillies starter Chad Billingsley goes yard off Bartolo Colon. What year is it again?
That was the third career home run for Billingsley, who turns 31 years old in July. It’s the 336th home run Colon has surrendered in his 18-year major league career. He turns 42 years old later this month.
Matt Carpenter was held back in St. Louis this weekend as the Cardinals traveled to Pittsburgh because the star third baseman was dealing with a range of concerning symptoms like an accelerated heart rate and extreme fatigue. What’s at the root of those symptoms isn’t quite clear. Maybe he really is just tired after a hugely-productive first four weeks.
Whatever the case, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes Sunday that the Cardinals are anticipating Carpenter will feel well enough to join them Tuesday evening in Cleveland for the opening of a three-game interleague series against the Tribe. Here’s more from Goold’s report …
Matheny reiterated the team’s expectation that Carpenter, given four consecutive games off, will rejoin the team Tuesday in Cleveland, ready to play. Carpenter experienced dizziness, trouble sleeping and an accelerated heart rate last week. Matheny said the team’s first suspicion was a virus, but that wasn’t found via tests.
The team did run a battery of tests on Carpenter to determine if he was dealing with a cardiovascular issue, and when asked about that Saturday, Matheny said he “hasn’t heard one thing like that.”
Carpenter was batting .333/.403/.620 with five home runs, 14 doubles, 20 RBI, and 23 runs scored through his first 27 games this season. Mark Reynolds is at third base in Sunday’s series finale against the Pirates.
Watch this feature from MLB Network on Andrew Cashner and his mother, who is fighting cancer …
As you probably heard in that video, Cashner is starting for the Padres on Sunday afternoon at Arizona’s Chase Field. Pretty special. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there from us at HardballTalk.