Why not Pineda today?

August, 8, 2014
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NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees are playing a game tonight against the Cleveland Indians, and need a starting pitcher.

Meanwhile, Michael Pineda needs work, and will make a start for Triple-A Scranton.

Why not put the two together and solve both problems with one move?

That is the question as the Yankees head into the first game of a three-game weekend series against the Cleveland Indians.

Thursday night, Joe Girardi tapped Esmil Rogers, who hasn't started in the big leagues since May 21, to make the start. They will be lucky if he can give them five innings of work tonight.

Same goes for Chase Whitley, the other candidate for the start, who showed an inability to work deep into games during his 12 outings as an emergency starter early in the season.

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Pineda, on the other hand, is slated to throw 80 pitches for Scranton on Friday. It's a safe bet that will be more than either Rogers or Whitley will throw against the Indians tonight (I'm assuming Whitley is first out of the pen if Rogers falters early).

The point is, Pineda is a better option than either of those two, and will be an essential part of this rotation if the Yankees have any real hope of sneaking into the playoffs.

Right now, the plan is for Pineda to pitch tonight for Scranton, and then join the team in Baltimore for an important game against the Orioles next Wednesday.

But they're all important games from here on out. The Yankees are playing in one and Pineda is pitching in another.

Why can't they do it together?

QUESTION: Do you think the Yankees should be starting Michael Pineda tonight against the Indians? Or does he need one more minor-league start?

Up Now: The Rapid Reaction from Thursday's 1-0 win, as well as column from the one and only Johnette Howard and my postgame blog on the unorthodox heroics of Francisco Cervelli.

On deck: Yankees-Indians Game 1, Rogers (1-0, 0.00 as a Yankee) vs. RHP Trevor Bauer (4-6, 4.20), first pitch at 7:05 p.m. Andrew Marchand will have you covered from The Stadium.
Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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