The Stat Line of the Night — 5/16/10 — Joel Pineiro
When the Angels won 5 division titles in 6 years, they had some great hitting, sure, but the real key was always their superb starting pitching. Although the beginning of the season has been shaky at best for the Angels, its starting pitching that could bring them around in a relatively tough AL West. Joel Pineiro helped get it started yesterday with an amazing performance against the Oakland Athletics.
Joel Pineiro pitched his 6th career shutout for the Angels against their rival A’s en route to a 4-0 victory. He went 9 innings for the complete game, only giving up four hits and no runs. It wasn’t a very flashy complete game shutout, but Pineiro got it done with a variety of flyouts and groundouts. He did have 5 strikeouts but he wasn’t exactly blowing anyone away. He hit his spots and the hitters were unable to catch up. He also only walked 1 batter and threw 62 of his 98 pitches for strikes. The win brought his record to 2-4 and his ERA down to a respectable 3.71.
Pineiro is a solid pitcher and a good complement to what should be a great starting staff on paper. The Angels starters, however have alternated between awful starts and great starts. If they can find the consistency of years past, they will be in good position to win the division. If not, they may be on the outside looking in when October rolls around. For now, Pineiro has earned the “Stat Line of the Night”.