Michael Pineda took the mound for the Yankees last night and did not look sharp, matching a season-high of five earned runs and 10 hits allowed.
Pineda lasted six innings, adding one walk and two strikeouts to his final stats. The two strikeouts were his second-lowest total of the year.
The 28-year old gave up yet another home run, and has now surrendered at least one deep ball in 10 of his 13 starts this season.
Pineda has struggled on the road all season. Of the 32 runs he has allowed this year, 22 of them have come in his six starts away from Yankee Stadium. At home, Pineda has allowed only 10 earned runs over seven starts.
Pineda had absolutely nothing from the very first batter Wednesday night. Through the first few innings, every ball put in play was hit incredibly hard. The outcome might have been worse had Aaron Hicks not robbed Luis Valbuena of a grand slam in the first inning.
Pineda's road woes this season have bogged down the Yankees. In six road starts (34 2/3 innings), Pineda's ERA is 6.25 with a .313 BAA and just 26 strikeouts. Meanwhile, in seven starts (46 innings) at Yankee Stadium, Pineda owns a 1.96 ERA, .191 BAA and 51 strikeouts. These drastic splits have not been an issue for much of Pineda's time with the Yankees, so hopefully it is something that will change.
With CC Sabathia looking to be out for a significant stretch, Pineda's efforts need to be much better regardless of the game's location.