Despite giving up two homers, there was questionable progress made by John Maine in today’s loss to St. Louis. The two homers were the only runs he allowed in five innings. Maine also walked two. Not sterling by any stretch, but better by comparison to how we’ve seen him this spring.
The Cardinals had chances, but for the most part Maine pitched out of trouble, which is a positive sign. But, he was lucky the homers – on by Albert Pujols – came with the bases empty. It hasn’t always been that way.
Maine was one inning and run less than what passes for a quality start these days. Three runs in six innings hardly represents quality, but does by today’s watered down standards. Tom Seaver would call in unacceptable.
The Mets need more from Maine, both at this stage in spring training and during his career. I’d take the two runs every time out, but the Mets need more than five innings considering his pitch count of 88. That many pitches must take him through seven innings.
Five innings won’t make it.
CARTER IMPRESSES: Omar Minaya, speaking during today’s telecast, said Chris Carter is making an impression regarding the final position spot on the roster.
“He’s a left-handed hitter with power,’’ Minaya said.
Carter flied out as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning, but is batting .421 with five extra-base hits.
Also in contention for that spot are Mike Jacobs and Frank Catalanotto, neither of whom are hitting over .200.
REYES WORKS OUT: Jose Reyes worked out again today and said there were no problems.
“Today went much better,’’ Reyes told reporters. “I was a little bit sore, but it was good so far, I’ll continue to do more and hopefully I’ll be on the field as soon as possible.’’
The will take it slow with Reyes. Pushing him at this time would only risk injury to his leg and would be foolish.