How do I put this politely? Umm, Joel Pineiro, he... what's the word? Sucks... hard. Like, if he sucked any more he'd be a vacuum or Scott Kazmir, neither of which are good things.
The wheels didn't really start to fall off for him until a few weeks ago after he spent most of the season walking the tightrope of allowing far too many hits while missing almost no bats yet somehow suppressing runs from scoring (translation, being really lucky), so the warning signs were certainly there. It wasn't until that fateful mid-July day in Oakland that he channeled his inner-Vin Mazzaro and coughed up eight runs while getting just one out before getting yanked and he just hasn't been the same since. But, of course, you know this already since Pineiro has become a lightning rod for criticism since that day.
Now, after his fourth consecutive awful outing, which came on the heels of Mike Scioscia publicly questioning Joel's performance and ability, the time has come to start seriously exploring options for moving on from Pineiro.
Replacing a veteran pitcher in the rotation right in the middle of a tight playoff race is less than ideal, but in a bizarre twist of serendipity, the Angels might get a chance to audition Joel's replacement before actually kicking him to the curb first.