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Michael Pineda 2019 Outlook

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16 hours ago, UberRebel said:

Is he a different pitcher now?

Pretty much.

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Even though the Rotoworld blurb makes it seem so, he wasn't taking PEDs.  It was reduced to 60 games because he appealed and they believed he wasn't taking it as a masking agent.

I get it that it's a banned substance, but at least what's been presented to us at the moment by the press, he wasn't cheating.  Also, his stats as of today aren't any better than his career numbers, so while this stretch was great, this isn't the first time he's been a solid pitcher.

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This sucks as a Twins fan..he was shaping up to be their #1 starter in the playoffs.  

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4 hours ago, KilloWertz said:

Even though the Rotoworld blurb makes it seem so, he wasn't taking PEDs.  It was reduced to 60 games because he appealed and they believed he wasn't taking it as a masking agent.

I get it that it's a banned substance, but at least what's been presented to us at the moment by the press, he wasn't cheating.  Also, his stats as of today aren't any better than his career numbers, so while this stretch was great, this isn't the first time he's been a solid pitcher.

Well he actually was cheating if he took a banned substance, aka a known masking agent.  And given how these things work ther is no way he didn't know what he is doing.  All a player has to do is get all his meds through the team medical staff so there is no excuse for what he did.

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Michael Pineda has received a 60-game suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs.

He violated baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program by testing positive for hydrochlorothiazide, a diuretic and potential masking agent. Pineda will miss the rest of this season and the first five weeks of the 2020 season as well. He was initially suspended for 80 games but that penalty was reduced to 60 games after an appeal. This is a tough break for the Twins and Pineda's fantasy owners because he had been on quite a roll in recent weeks. He was 11-5 on the season and had a 3.10 ERA in his last 15 starts.

Sep 7, 2019, 2:37 PM ET

Why would he need a diuretic normally?  Yeah he was lucky they only caught the masking agent.  And yes I am totally cynical about this stuff in this day and age where players know not to go out and buy any drug, even aspirin, on their own.  Maybe 10 years ago yeah I can see maybe a player or two making an "innocent" mistake among the many guilty ones.  But not now.

It is too bad he was that dumb because he was having a decent year but maybe that is part of the reason he was having a decent year.  Just because he was performing like he was back in the day doesn't say he wasn't taking because he is older and has come back from injuries so it is kind of surprising he was doing so well and had returned to his good old days type of stats.

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Thought he was taking a supplement to control his weight. He is a big boy.

 

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1 minute ago, rabaak said:

Thought he was taking a supplement to control his weight. He is a big boy.

Maybe he should watch the kind and amount of food he eats instead.

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Back from suspension.  Anyone actually rolling him out there this week?  Tentative two starts vs cws and det...

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Yeah why not? Reports said his pitch counts were in the 70s at alternate site. White Sox will probably get a couple long balls but plenty of K potential also. 5 innings, 6ks, 3 earned, 5 hits.

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