I internally weep as I type this.Â The Mets(50-55) take on theÂ Cardinals (58-50)Â for a 2 game set tonight at home.Â In their way will be (RHP) Joel Pineiro.Â Yea…him.Â Here’s the skinny on Pineiro (9-9 2.84 ERA, 1.07 WHIP)Â who toys with the Mets like a cat toys with a crippled mouse.
Full Name: Â Joel Alberto Pineiro
Born: Â September 25,1978 Â inÂ Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico
Height: Â 6-1Â Â Weight: Â 180Â Â Bats: Â RightÂ Â Throws: Â Right
High School: Â Colonial (Orlando, Florida)Â Â “Grenadiers”
College: Â Edison College
Drafted: Â Selected by Seattle Mariners in 12th Round (373rd overall) of 1997 amateur entry draft (June-Reg)
Lifetime Record – (81-76 4.38 ERA, 1.35 WHIP)
Â Per MLB.com,
Pineiro returns to Queens, the site of a couple of his finest games. The right-hander has twice shut the Mets out in New York, though he’s done it in two different ballparks. He keeps rolling along, having as much success as his defense will allow. Pineiro has now allowed no runs or one run in four straight starts, and he hasn’t permitted more than three earned runs since May 29. He’s probably having the best unheralded season in baseball.
Pineiro’s Last 2 Outings per Foxsports –
(Fri. Jul 24, 2009) – Pineiro tossed six scoreless innings Friday night at Philadelphia, limiting the potent Phillies offense to just four hits.
Pineiro has given up three earned runs or fewer in nine consecutive starts, lowering his ERA to 2.95 and his WHIP to a nifty 1.08.(RotoWire, 8:35:36 pm)
(Fri. Jul 10, 2009) – Pineiro scattered three hits in his third complete game this year and the St. Louis Cardinals rallied to a 5-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday.
Pineiro is starting to trust his sinking fastball again, allowing him to bounce back a year after injuries left him shaken with an ugly ERA. Pineiro went 7-7 with a 5.15 ERA last season.(STATS, 2:10pm)
***The Mets faced Pineiro twice this year and he has went the distance in both of them.
June 23, 2009 – Pineiro pitched a complete game shutout and allowed only 2 hits.Â Cardinals beat the Mets 3-0.
April 22, 2009 – Pineiro pitched 9 innings and held the Metsies (What a ridiculous nickname) to 2 earned runs on 6 hits.Â Cardinals won 5-2.
Scouting Report Per StatsInc.com,
Pineiro was faced with a vexing dilemma at the start of the 2004 season. He was getting hit hard despite having, what he and the Mariners felt, was very good stuff. Pineiro likes to use his fastball, which runs in the low 90s. He’s had success with his two-seamer, though he got away from it at times last season. Pineiro also has a plus slider and curveball and a good changeup. He’s at his best when he can keep his slider down in the zone. Scouts like his aggressiveness.
Pineiro is regarded as an above-average defensive player. He’s made just two errors over the past two seasons. Pineiro has had trouble in the past with holding baserunners on and slowing the running game. Part of that can be attributed to a high leg kick. He showed an improved pickoff move from the 2003 season, but 11 of 14 basestealers were successful against him last season.