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  1. Marc wrote it up on USSM, so I’m sure you saw it, but his interpretation of the Pitch F/X data was that he simply couldn’t put his change in the strike zone, and the few I could identify while watching didn’t seem like terrible pitches to me. As Mark pointed out, the pitches lefties tagged him on were sliders, which has a huge platoon split. He is advocating calling MORE change-ups against lefties, and seems to think it will lead to more walks but less XBH’s. Do you disagree with Marc’s thoughts?

    Also, I hate the Baby Felix nickname, Felix is a big guy and Pineda dwarfs him. Any nickname for Pineda has got to include his stature. Plus, anyone who remember’s your open letter knows that Felix’s fastball is actually his worst pitch (as insane as that is).

    Comment by Alec — April 7, 2011 @ 12:55 pm

  2. “Baby Felix” is a terrible nickname. I much prefer “Prince Pineda”

    Comment by San Dalman — April 7, 2011 @ 2:03 pm

  3. Or how about you not give a nickname based off a 1 game sample scale?

    Comment by PL — April 7, 2011 @ 2:08 pm

  4. If Ryan Anderson had a nickname then Pineda deserves one.

    Comment by gu03alum — April 7, 2011 @ 2:22 pm

  5. My offering was Michael “The Machine” Pineda, as in strike throwing machine. The reason being is I heard Mike Blowers say about 5 times during the game that Pineda throws too many strikes.

    Comment by Michael — April 7, 2011 @ 2:44 pm

  6. Besides, think of all the great Mariner commercials they can come up with using the machine nickname.

    Comment by Michael — April 7, 2011 @ 2:46 pm

  7. El Ogro?

    It looks like the foundation for a solid change-up is there. Hopefully he will pick up some tips or a new grip from one of his teammates. No pitch is tinkered-with and shared more among major leaguers than the almighty change-up.

    Comment by Choo — April 7, 2011 @ 2:49 pm

  8. I am particularly partial to Prince Pineda in lue of Baby Felix. If Felix is the King, then Pineda can definitely be the Prince.

    Comment by Glen — April 7, 2011 @ 3:37 pm

  9. How about a Chris Berman style nickname like Michael Pineda Colada?

    Comment by gu03alum — April 7, 2011 @ 3:51 pm

  10. As you can see from the [. . .] Felix Hernandez throws that kind of diving hard change-up, and it’s one of his main weapons against left-handed batters.

    Something’s missing in that attempt at a sentence, and I’m not sure what.

    Comment by The Ancient Mariner — April 7, 2011 @ 3:59 pm

  11. Given his impeccable velocity and control I have dubbed him “The WHIP”.

    Comment by Tim Andren — April 7, 2011 @ 5:14 pm

  12. It looks like he accidentally his sentence.

    Comment by misc — April 7, 2011 @ 7:38 pm

  13. Cool Whip?

    Comment by Pizda — April 7, 2011 @ 11:05 pm

  14. His player page says he’s 6’5″ 180. Only about 2″ and a medium sized child’s worth of weight off.

    Comment by Nate — April 8, 2011 @ 8:04 am

  15. Perhaps that’s the truth, and Michael Pineda is just a shrunken Manute Bol wearing an ogre costume.

    Comment by Choo — April 8, 2011 @ 3:49 pm

  16. El Principe?

    Comment by Jimm McIver — April 13, 2011 @ 2:49 pm

  17. Pineda deserves a nickname that is not stupid & demeaning. Anything that links him to Felix Hernandez sets an expectation that he will always be less than King Felix…yes, that seems like a high ceiling, but nevertheless unacceptable. Michael Pineda’s nickname is “Perdicion” – perdition – eternal damnation, spiritual ruin, condemnation

    Comment by Jim — April 22, 2011 @ 1:53 am

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