Michael Pineda struggled on the mound on Sunday, allowing three home runs as the Yankees fell at home to the Rangers by a score of 7-6.
Pineda was able to last only four innings, surrendering seven runs on six hits and a walk while striking out four. Six of the seven runs crossed home plate on the three deep balls.
The 28-year old entered yesterday's contest with a 6-1 record and a 1.92 ERA at home this season, but could not get into a groove on Sunday.
Pineda has now given up 17 home runs on the season, trailing only Masahiro Tanaka for the most allowed on the Yankees.
The four innings pitched represented the earliest exit for Pineda since his season debut on April 5, when he lasted only 3.2 innings against the Rays.
Until this month, Pineda might have had the Yankees fooled into believing he was a part of the future. He shouldn't be considered an option.
The knock on Pineda since he was traded to New York has been the inability to string together a full season of consistent pitching. He's had his stretches of dominance, but they always coincided with similarly poor strings of performance. He was considered an enigma. He still is.
This season, Pineda seemed to be off to a different start to the season going through April and May with fairly consistent production and a 3.32 ERA. He also looked different on the mound. Pineda portrayed a pitcher that was more confident and one who had a plan each outing.
Unfortunately, that has gone by the wayside in June, which should confirm to the Yankees he is not worth the contract he might garner.