Today in Mets’ History: When things looked brighter.

This was when the window was wide open for the Mets. They didn’t have extraordinary starting pitching, but a deep bullpen was deep and the lineup was powerful.

MAINE: It never happened for him.

There was a lot to like about the 2006 Mets, managed by Willie Randolph, who on this date ripped the Phillies in Philadelphia, 7-2, behind two homers from Carlos Delgado, one from Carlos Beltran and a workmanlike effort from John Maine.

Maine was acquired from Baltimore in the Kris Benson deal and showed glimpses of being a solid starter. Maine appeared on the verge of stardom the following year when he led the National League in wins at the break – but was an All-Star snub – and gave up one hit in a late September game against Florida that kept the Mets in the race.

However, arm problems and a tendency to more a thrower than a pitcher, derailed his career. Maine eventually clashed with manager Jerry Manuel and pitching coach Dan Warthen, and his Mets career was pulled after a five-pitch outing in Washington in his ninth start of the 2010 season.

Maine worked into the seventh this afternoon, before Randolph turned the game over to the bullpen.

First, the effective Chad Bradford, whom the Mets did not bring back in the offseason, then Pedro Feliciano, followed by Aaron Heilman and Billy Wagner.

The Mets’ inability to keep their bullpen intact manifested itself in the dramatic late-season collapse the following year.

The bullpen has been an issue ever since.



5 thoughts on “Today in Mets’ History: When things looked brighter.

  1. Has it been 5 years already?


    Yes. Those were the days. Days when we had no rotation to speak of yet played 500 ball because of the bats and pen.

    But that year also showed the flaws. Our best reliever got hurt and we had to trade one of our starting OF’s to get a replacement.

    In following years injuries and lack of depth in the pen, rotation and field did us in. We would go into a season with our major addition having injury issues. Then we would spend the season making excuses for why were were not better.

    I fondly remember 2006 and am glad that that era is over. We have a new team in town that does not sell a pig with lipstick as a pretty girl. Hopefully a new ownership team will follow in a few years so we can get rid of these ridiculous owners.