Pineda was also outstanding in his start today, going 6 ip allowing no runs, 4 hits and a walk. He struck out just 3 -- and managed to wriggle out of danger in the 5th. They limited him to 89 pitches, and it looked like he might have been squeezed a bit on Pitch FX. Still, he has been terrific thus far and we must remember he is coming off of both injury and inactivity and had his rehab shutdown last year. So this has been really impressive and needed. And these two young 25 year old horses are calling for other upgrades. No point in wasting dominance.
Girardi continued to challenge his relievers in this one, throwing Phelps in for 4 outs and Thornton in for two. When Thornton gave up a hit to start the ninth, Adam Warren came in and closed it. He may be finding a home in the pen. And though I usually like to keep starters as starters, an extra starter who can be a plus reliever is a conversion I can support.
The Yanks still need another infielder or two. But this team can pitch.