Impressive Pineda. Impressive Beginnings.

Michael Pineda has been exciting to watch this season (Hello, Captain Obvious!). Yes, we all know he has burst onto the scene and exceeded most, if not all, expectations. Mariners Nation is simply giddy. King Felix doesn’t have to do it all; he’s found a new member to join his court. Michael Pineda breathes life into the fans.

He is the type of young player this franchise can build around and become A.L. West contenders with. He’s that good. Barring injury, Seattle has something special for years to come. And I love every bit of it.

Now sure, this could all be short-sighted by all of us but something feels different here. Something feels right. And despite the struggles that will eventually come with any rookie pitcher, I feel as if I’ll grow with his growing pains. He’s already impressed me so much that I won’t mind. Go ahead big fella, give up 7 ER in your next start if the law of averages says it’s time for that.

You won’t lose a fan in me. I’m in for the long haul.

Michael Pineda – DOB: 1-18-1989 — MLB Debut Age: 22

1st Start – 4/5/2011 Loss, 6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, BB, 4 K
2nd Start – 4/12/2011 Win, 7.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R (ER), 2 BB, 7 K
3rd Start – 4/17/2011 Win, 6 IP, 3 H, ER, 4 BB, 5 K
4th Start – 4/22/2011 Win, 6 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
5th Start – 4/28/2011 Win, 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 9 K
First 5 career starts (2011): 4-1, 2.01 ERA, 31.1 IP, 22 H, 12 BB, 30 K

Pineda has been pretty dang awesome, hasn’t he? It’s such a great thing to see the M’s develop another Latin born player from a young teen to major league ready. The organization might have missed on some of the recent MLB draft picks, but thank goodness for our amazing (and underrated) International scouting. When the two best pitchers on the team are International Signings, you’re doing something right. Yes, luck is involved, but let’s not short change not only the SCOUTING part of it, but also the ability to SIGN these youngsters. Tip of my cap to them.

But let’s also take a look at some of the other impressive beginnings to Mariners starting pitcher careers in the Emerald City: Freddy “The Chief” Garcia, Joel Pineiro, King Felix Hernandez and somebody I’m becoming a fan of more and more, Dougy Doug Doug Fister!

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Freddy Garcia – DOB: 10-6-1976 — MLB Debut Age: 22

1st Start – 4/7/1999 Win, 5.2 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
2nd Start – 4/12/1999 Win, 6.2 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
3rd Start – 4/17/1999 ND, 8 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
4th Start – 4/23/1999 ND, 5 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
5th Start – 4/28/1999 Win, 6 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, K
First 5 career starts (1999): 3-0, 3.73 ERA, 31.1 IP, 34 H, 11 BB, 21 K

Joel Pineiro – DOB: 9-25-1978 — MLB Debut Age: 21

1st Start – 8/08/2000 Win, 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
2nd Start – 7/21/2001 ND, 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (ER), 4 BB, 0 K
3rd Start – 7/26/2001 Win, 6 IP, H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
4th Start – 8/2/2001 Win, 7 IP, 4 H, ER, 0 BB, 5 K
5th Start – 8/7/2001 ND, 7 IP, 3 H, ER, 2 BB, 11 K
First 5 career starts (2000-01): 3-0, 1.61 ERA, 28 IP, 15 H, 8 BB, 26 K

Felix Hernandez – DOB: 4-8-1986 — MLB Debut Age: 19

King Felix's major league debut in Detroit (August 4, 2005)

1st Start – 8/4/2005 Loss, 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R (ER), 2 BB, 4 K
2nd Start – 8/9/2005 Win, 8 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
3rd Start – 8/15/2005 Win, 8 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 11 K
4th Start – 8/20/2005 ND, 8 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, BB, 9 K
5th Start – 8/26/2005 ND, 7 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, BB, 8 K
First 5 career starts (2005): 2-1, 1.75 ERA, 36 IP, 23 H, 5 BB, 38 K

Doug Fister – DOB: 2-4-1984 — MLB Debut Age: 25

1st Start – 8/11/2009 ND, 6 IP, H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 4 K
2nd Start – 8/16/2009 Win, 7 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
3rd Start – 8/22/2009 ND, 6.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R (2 ER), BB, 4 K
4th Start – 8/27/2009 Loss, 6 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, BB, 5 K
5th Start – 9/01/2009 Win, 7.1 IP, 5 H, ER, 2 BB, 2 K
First 5 career starts (2009): 2-1, 3.03 ERA, 32.2 IP, 25 H, 8 BB, 19 K
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One comment on “Impressive Pineda. Impressive Beginnings.

  1. I’m excited for our pitching staff in these years to come. Now if only we could just get a few solid bats to bulster our lineup and we’ll be set. Who or what do you think we could get for Ichiro and his $20 million?

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