Game Two: Michael Pineda vs. J.A. Happ
Game #2: April 13, 2016 – 7:07 ET
J.A. Happ (0-0, 3.00 ERA, 5.05 FIP) vs.
Michael Pineda (1-0, 10.80 ERA, 9.61 FIP)
J.A. Happ did exactly what he was brought to Toronto to do in his first start of the season. He pitched six innings of two-run ball and showed great command of his fastball, giving up just one walk on the day. He has made nine career starts against the Yankees with an ERA of 4.85.
The lefty will need to take care of business if the left-handed hitting Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner start at the top of the lineup. Ellsbury is 1 for 6 against lefties this year and Gardner is 1 for 1 – they are a combined 8 for 27 against Happ.
On the other side, Pineda has the unique ability to look unbeatable one inning and like a Class-A rookie pitcher the next.
Which Pineda will show up against the Blue Jays is unknown, but they will hope it’s the one who gave up six runs in five innings against the Astros last week, including three home runs.
Pineda has given up eight home runs in 50 career innings against the Blue Jays, including two from Jose Bautista. Donaldson is 0-for-10 in his career against Pineda while Edwin Encarnacion has enjoyed success, slashing .318 / .375 / .455 against him.
Next: Game Three: Nate Eovaldi vs. Marcus Stroman