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9/25/1978 (38 y, 4 m, 30 d)
1997 June Amateur Draft - Round: 12, Pick: 19, Overall: 373, Team: Seattle Mariners
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Pineiro was suspended 50 games Monday as a result of testing positive for a banned stimulant, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports. (6/30/2014)
Free Agent Market: Starting Pitcher
Bradley Woodrum (FanGraphs)
Joel Pineiro and Rick Porcello: Waiver Wire
Erik Hahmann (RotoGraphs)
2011 Player Rankings: AL Starting Pitchers
Mike Podhorzer (RotoGraphs)
Projecting Joel Pineiro's 2011 Season
Joe Pawlikowski (FanGraphs)
Starting Pitchers: September 20th
Mike Axisa (RotoGraphs)
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Year in Review:
If someone had offered to trade for Pineiro prior to 2009, the Cardinals would have been glad to be free of the $7.5 million he was owed, especially as he was coming off a 5.15 ERA season in 2008. Instead, he remained with St. Louis and turned in one of the most unexpected 15-win years in recent history. Pineiro cut back significantly on both his slider and change-up and instead introduced a two-seam fastball into his repertoire. The results were immediate as the two-seamer resulted in a bunch of ground balls and his outstanding control actually improved. Pineiro led the Majors with a 2.54 GB/FB ratio. And despite pitching in 65.1 more innings than the previous season, he allowed eight fewer walks than he did in 2008. He won his first four starts and ripped off eight consecutive wins later in the season en route to exceeding his win total from the previous two years combined.
The Year Ahead:
The switch from ground-ball pitcher to extreme ground-ball pitcher got all of the credit for Pineiro’s improvement in 2009, but the reality is that he succeeded due to an unsustainable HR/FB rate. For the first four months of the season, Pineiro’s HR/FB rate did not exceed 4.5% in any month, and in July he did not allow a single home run. Pineiro had a 2.84 ERA the first four months of the season. But in August and September, his HR/FB numbers regressed to normal amounts. He had a 12.5% mark in August and an 11.6% mark in September. Pineiro’s ERA was 4.64 during the final two months of the season. In those two months, he still had pinpoint control (1.39 BB/9), he still had lots of ground balls (68%), and he had only a slightly elevated .316 BABIP. The main difference was in the homers allowed. Do not expect Pineiro to repeat his four months of lucky pitching again in 2010, especially with the move to the American League West. (Brian Joura)
Would it surprise you to find that last year, Pineiro pitched 152.1 innings, struck out more batters than he did in 2009 (5.44 K/9 in 2010, 4.42 in 2009), won ten games, and still induced more than half of his balls on the ground (54.9% ground balls in 2010)? Perhaps the year wasn't as bad as it seemed. It's almost impossible to keep your walk rate perpetually under two, anyway -- only Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee managed to repeat the feat from 2009 to 2010. Instead, think of a full-year version of 2010 as Piniero's likely contribution going forward. At 32, he can keep walks to a minimum (2.01 BB/9 in 2010, 2.51 career) and keep the ball on the ground (49.2% career). Because he's in the more difficult league, that probably means an ERA around four and a minimal contribution in strikeouts -- a muted upside that makes best for a deep-league, back-of-the-rotation starter in most fantasy games. (Eno Sarris)
The Quick Opinion:
Since he was injured and put up seemingly mediocre numbers in an Angels uniform, it might surprise the average fantasy manager that Piniero wasn't too far off of his excellent 2009 form, especially once you adjust for the difference in leagues.
Pineiro looked great during his time in St. Louis, but he hasn’t been able to replicate that performance in the two years since. Granted, he did move the American League and into a less friendly stadium, but he wasn’t even able to stay healthy enough to start 25 games in either of his two seasons in Los Angeles. Now with the Phillies on a Minor League deal, he'll have to leapfrog three or four guys to get a starting gig again. (Zach Sanders)
The Quick Opinion:
Pineiro is a risky bet that should probably be waiver wire fodder in every league out there.
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Updated: Friday, February 24, 2017 3:33 AM ET
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