Michael Pineda (2-1) tossed six shutout innings in the second game versus the Cubs on Wednesday allowing just four hits, one walk with three strikeouts in the win.
More times than not spring training performances and reports are often something that carries very little weight once the regular season starts, but in the case of Pineda hopefully you bought in as he now has an ERA of just 1.00 with 15 strikeouts to just three walks in 18 innings (3 starts). Pineda will look to defeat the Red Sox for the second time this season in his next start in Boston likely on Tuesday. ANALYST: Michael Pichan
Blue Jays signed LHP J.A. Happ to a three-year deal.
On the surface, this doesn't look like a good deal for the Blue Jays. While they're desperately in need of a starter, and Happ fits the bill as...well, a starter, this is an overpay. $12 million a year for a 33-year old pitcher who had a 3.61 ERA last year, and last had a qualified season with an ERA under 4.00 in 2007, doesn't seem like the smartest of investments. Happ does have upside, in fact he had a 1.85 ERA and 2.19 FIP (63.1 innings) in Toronto last year in Pittsburgh last year, after being traded to the team from the Mariners, but a 4.64 ERA and 4.12 FIP in 108.2 prior innings with Seattle is less than encouraging. This deal could turn out well, but it is much more likely that it is a bust for the Blue Jays. Analysis: Ben Diamond