Michael Pineda is healthy and dominating for the Yankees

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Michael Pineda was very good for the Yankees last season, but a suspension and injuries limited him to just 13 starts. This year he’s healthy and the results are fantastic, with a 4-0 record, 2.97 ERA, and 38/3 K/BB ratio in 39 innings.

Tuesday he shut out the Blue Jays for eight innings, striking out six, walking one, and topping 100 pitches for just the second time since 2011. Yes, since 2011.

Pineda debuted for the Mariners as a 22-year-old, was traded to the Yankees at age 23, and has a lengthy injury history that includes missing all of 2012 and 2013, so it seems like he’s been around forever. However, he’s still just 26 years old and between last season and this season Pineda has started 19 games for the Yankees with a 2.26 ERA, .219 opponents’ batting average, and 97/10 K/BB ratio in 116 innings.

He no longer throws as hard as he did before all the arm problems, but Pineda can still miss plenty of bats and he’s gone from having shaky control to walking fewer than one batter per nine innings. Among all MLB pitchers with at least 100 innings since the beginning of last season Pineda ranks second in walk rate and second in strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Now he just has to stay healthy.

Royals fire manager Mike Matheny after 65-97 end to season

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Manager Mike Matheny and pitching coach Cal Eldred were fired by the Kansas Cty Royals on Wednesday night, shortly after the struggling franchise finished the season 65-97 with a listless 9-2 loss to the Cleveland Guardians.

The Royals had exercised their option on Matheny’s contract for 2023 during spring training, when the club hoped it was turning the corner from also-ran to contender again. But plagued by poor pitching, struggles from young position players and failed experiments with veterans, the Royals were largely out of playoff contention by the middle of summer.

The disappointing product led owner John Sherman last month to fire longtime front office executive Dayton Moore, the architect of back-to-back American League champions and the 2015 World Series title team. Moore was replaced by one of his longtime understudies, J.J. Picollo, who made the decision to fire Matheny hours after the season ended.

Matheny became the fifth big league manager to be fired this year.

Philadelphia’s Joe Girardi was replaced on June 3 by Rob Thomson, who engineered a miraculous turnaround to get the Phillies into the playoffs as a wild-card team. The Angels replaced Joe Maddon with Phil Nevin four days later, Toronto’s Charlie Montoyo was succeeded by John Schneider on July 13 and the Rangers’ Chris Woodward by Tony Beasley on Aug. 15.

In addition, Miami’s Don Mattingly said late last month that he will not return next season.