Jerry was posting just as the GDT was locked, so here's his last post:
Looking at the stats, Pineiro didn't walk that many guys *last* year - just 35 in 148 2/3 IP. This year he's walked 12 in 92 2/3, counting tonight's 1 walk in 9 IP. At that pace, he'll have 20 at the 148-inning mark, so he *has* improved even on that.
But the real difference is that he's cut his HR rate by a huge amount - he allowed 22 last season; this year he's allowed 2. Keeping the ball down, indeed!
100 pitches for Pineiro tonight and his second CG SHO of the season. Game Score 83, his second-best GS of the season (he had 86 when he shut out the Cubs). He's had 9 games with GS of 50 or greater, but is 5-4 in those nine games, which implies that he's pitched in some bad luck this season; his ERA is down to 3.40 on the season, second among the starters to Chris Carpenter's 1.53.
The others: Wainwright 3.58, Thompson 3.89, Lohse 3.99, and Wellemeyer 5.53.