METS CHAT ROOM: Game #154; Maine optimistic.



John Maine is one of the things the Mets hope to salvage from this dead season. Maine, who spent the bulk of the season on the disabled list, is the perfect example not to get too excited over the phrase, “will have surgery but is expected to be ready for spring training.

Maine underwent shoulder surgery last September, but was sidelined again with the generation of scar tissue which irritated the nerve and caused weakness in the arm. There has been a drop-off in velocity which Maine hasn’t regained. However, he’s looking at it as spring training when a pitcher gradually builds up his arm strength over five or six starts.

Maine will make his third start since coming off the disabled list tonight at Florida and will get another before the season ends. Maine is hoping get back enough strength to where he can look at going to his normal offseason program.

Maine is coming off a strong outing last Sunday against Washington in which he gave up two hits in five scoreless innings. He threw 75 pitches and could go as high as 90 against the Marlins. In his first start off the DL, he gave up a run in three innings at Philadelphia.

“I’m happy with it,” Maine told reporters about his progress. “I think I went out and did my job. I think you can always be a little more pleased with your performance when you look back at it. But I thought I did okay.

“I don’t go out there thinking it’s going to hurt. You can’t. It hasn’t hurt. I’m hoping it’s behind me.”

There had been speculation Maine would not be offered arbitration and would be cut loose. However, the pitching-depleted Mets will undoubtedly offer arbitration considering how well he has pitched. Maine can become a free agent after the 2011 season.

Maine took a step back last season after winning 15 games in 2007. He is 6-5 with a 4.13 ERA this season.


NOTE: Something has come up and I don’t think I’ll make the chat room. Please carry on without me and have a great night.-JD

12 thoughts on “METS CHAT ROOM: Game #154; Maine optimistic.

  1. Its good to see that the Mets are apparently making lots of decisions over play in meaningless games. (NOT) A crap organization with a mediocre GM and a joke of a manager. Bad decisions will be made all around.

  2. Bobby Ojeda is completely wrong. Wright did nothing wrong at the beginning of the play by failing to ‘get a jump’ on the ball. He didn’t start back to the bag to avoid being doubled up because he didn’t realize that there were 2 outs. He moved back in the direction of the bag to make sure that he wasn’t hit by the ball. If he had just run as soon as the ball was hit he would have run into the ball and he would have been out anyway. It was his jogging finish that cost the run, not his supposed ‘breaking back’ to the base.

    As for his jogging finish I’m willing to excuse it completely because the runner being tagged out trying to stretch a single into a double is a rare enough play that you don’t expect every runner to consider it. He knew that there was not going to be a play at the plate and so he assumed that he would definitely score. If you don’t consider the possibility that the batter will be tagged out trying to stretch the single (it has SINGLE written all over it) into a double there is no other reason to run hard through home plate. It was a mistake but a completely excusable mistake given the rarity of the play.

    The one thing that makes the mistake egregious is the little known rule that when you are outscored 9-7 in MLB you are credited with a win. That’s right, by making the score 9-7 instead of 9-6 he cost the Mets the game. But its worse because of the even lesser known rule that when you are outscored 9-7 in your team’s 155th game of the season 25 of your losses are changed to wins. That run cost the Mets a playoff spot.

  3. hello all…been running my own restaurant here in bmore. crazy busy, and not able to catch as many live mets games these days. have been following the metsies of course..awaiting the final out to turn the page on this ugly season.

  4. 6. It is amazing how the people hypnotized by the perfection of David Wright, will come up with excuses for every single thing he does wrong. They excuse his poor fielding, they excuse his lack of power, they excuse his jogging, they excuse his pathetically high number of whiffs for a singles hitter. But if another Met does one thing wrong he’s lazy, he hisn’t a hustler, he isn’t the right kind of ballplayer, he doesn’t care, he’s not gritty. Well guess what, EWright doesn’t need excuses made for him. He needs to return to the player he used to be.
    When all you David Wright apologists start giving the “lesser” players the same leeway as you give this one guy, then you will have some credibility.

  5. Harry I’m not an apologist. He was wrong to jog. I just think Ojeda was totally overstating the importance of the mistake and also misunderstood why Wright initially jumped back toward the base.

    Anyway I completely agree that its a shame the way he has turned himself into a high strikeout singles hitter. How does he swing through so many pitches? He’s late on the good fastball all the time. He misses or fouls off any decent fastball. I hate to say it but it reminds me of Piazza when he started to lose it. Just totally swinging through pitches he used to put in the seats.