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March 21, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Michael Pineda throws 72 pitches in cooler, windy weather

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ADDITIONAL NOTE 2 p.m. — For those wondering, today’s Cactus League game against the Reds has indeed been cancelled because of the rain. David Pauley will throw a bullpen session back in Peoria. The wet weather won’t really impact the team all that much unless it continues again tomorrow. It’s not expected to.
Michael Pineda admitted after today’s minor league game that the weather conditions weren’t exactly the best he’s thrown in. The weather listing here in Peoria, Ariz. have the temperature at a current 62 degrees with plenty of wind and some rain mixed in. The wind makes it feel more like we’re in the low 50s.
But Pineda didn’t seem too fazed.
“The weather wasn’t very good,” he said. “It felt pretty good. But I think it’s the same in Seattle. So, it’s good for my pitching. It’s good for (me) in the game.”
Pineda allowed a run on three hits over five innings against the Omaha Storm Chasers, the Class AAA affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. He struck out four and walked only one.
This wasn’t Nolan Ryan mowing down the 1977 Yankees or anything. But Pineda said his change-up continued to feel good. That’s key because he needs an out-pitch against lefties.
Two of his three hits allowed were against lefty hitters today and one was a double smoked pretty good the opposite way to left field.


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Pineda said the change-up is coming along for him and better than last year. He’s most excited about the differential with his fastball, estimating he’s shaved a couple of mph off it so he can mess up the timing of hitters.
We’ll see.
Looks like he’ll be in the rotation on Opening Day. Nothing we saw today is going to change that.
The team knows he can get righties out and is working on the changeup and the lefty hitters. They can live with him as a work-in-progress.

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