Michael Pineda had 16 K’s and Zero walks today

Yeah, this is a pitching performance worth getting excited about and mentioning. Michael Pineda spent his Mother’s Day in the Bronx keeping the pink bats of the Baltimore Orioles spotless.

He struck out 16 hitters, and walked no one.

The Yankees won the game 6-2, and I have absolutely zero problem saying Pineda could be the best pitcher in baseball at the moment with the way that Kershaw, Sale, and other frontline guys are throwing. He’s right there with Felix *at the moment*.

Here are the last five 16-plus strikeout, zero walk performances in baseball; along with the box score. The last one was the year we started this blog. It just doesn’t happen that often

Johan Santana (August 19, 2007)
Mark Prior (June 26, 2003)
Randy Johnson (May 8, 2000)
Pedro Martinez (September 10, 1999)