April 7.10: Maine says he’s fine; gets start tonight.

There was a time when John Maine was considered a throw-in from Baltimore in the Kris/Anna Benson trade, but his strong showing at the end of the 2006 season and 15 wins in 2007 gave hope he could evolve into a dependable No. 2 starter.

“No. 2, that’s just a number,’’ Maine said. “I just need to get out there, stay healthy and I believe I’ll be fine.’’

Maine had shoulder surgery at the end of the 2008 season and admitted this spring that he rushed himself back last year contributing to his arm problems.

“I learned a lesson,’’ he said.

At 1-3 with a 7.88 ERA in spring training, it’s hard to defend Maine’s performance other than saying the numbers don’t count and he was working on things. Pitching with a migraine and stomach virus, Maine gave up four runs on six hits and four walks in 4 2/3 innings in his exhibition finale against Washington.

(NOTE: Part of juggling the rotation was to avoid the Nationals getting another look at Maine so quickly).

Maine brushed off his performance, saying: “My arm feels fine. Shoulder feels good. That’s the top priority.’’

The numbers haven’t been there, but Maine insists he’s not worried and he’s throwing the ball better than anytime after the 2007 season. He said the ball is just flowing out of his hand.

“I think the last time it came out easy without trying to really force anything was spring training 2008,” Maine said. “I might have been throwing a little harder then, but it’s coming out good.’’

9 thoughts on “April 7.10: Maine says he’s fine; gets start tonight.

  1. well done. actually you have to clap really hard and loud… all at once now!!!!

  2. I believe Maine has had 10 career starts against the Marlins, going 5-2 with a 3.12 ERA. Included among these were his 14-strikeout one-hitter on the second-to-last day of the 2007 season and three starts in all in which he didn’t give up an earned run.

    In those 10 starts against the Marlins, Maine has posted six quality starts and — get this — has given up three earned runs or less in nine of them.

    His last start against them, at the end of the 2009 season, saw him give up seven earned runs; subtract that performance, and his career ERA against the Marlins is 2.20

  3. Tiffany, none of us doubt the numbers.
    we doubt M&M and the true health of the players. we had a good win monday. maybe the team will win despite M&M.
    as much as i would love to see M&M fail and finally get fired.. I love he team more and rather them win regardless of poor management.

  4. (6) Maybe there’s a method to some of Jerry’s madness? Maybe he wanted to match Maine up against a team he’s previously dominated?

    It’s easy to complain; it’s much more challenging to actually justify those complaints with facts and reason. I think we forget how well this team played for Jerry in 2008 before the injuries to Wagner and Maine, and the reliance on Luis Ayala and Ramon Martinez, caught up to them.