Seventeen scoreless innings by John Maine today is impressive, but is it good enough for the Mets to stick with him and stay out of the trade market or should they still look for experience?
As it’s been said here before—I don’t see any viable option out there that’s better than what the Mets have now, so why disrupt everything just for the sake of making a move? They still are the best team in the NL, have a double-digit lead and now will be adding Pedro down the stretch.
Sometimes the best move you can make is standing pat. Now let’s hope Omar’s ego will let him do that.
Willie has been saying that John will have another start and that he and Peltrie are the candidates for the fifth man slot.
Omar? An ego? How can you say that:)
oops, I meant Pelfrey.
I like how Maine has pitched recently, and I agree that there is nothing out there worth trading for at this point. One thing to remember though, is that Mr. Beane out in Oakland has been connected to Maine before in trade talks with Baltimore…
The two negatives on Johnny Maine; one his recent run of success has been against below average offenses and two he if I’m not mistaken has had blister problems in the past.
The positive side is that even though he hasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t faced tough competition recently, he has pitched well. By that I mean, he’s gone after hitters, often starting counts 0-1 instead of 1-0. Also has had decent SO numbers and low walk numbers. I think this is very important indication that his success was involved with him pitching well and not the offense he was facing.
Closing, I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t like the way the pitchers are being auditioned. They each have an abnormal number of days off between their starts, expect for Glavine. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t see how you can expect a young kid like Maine (and/or Pelfrey) to carry over the momentum of two great starts if his next one isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t for another 8-9 days. I think Willie needs to make a decision and end the speculations so his pitchers can get in a groove.
I don’t see Willie changing how he’s handling the pitchers, at least not anytime soon. When it was initially between John Maine and MIke Pelfrey, the Mets chose the latter. But, Maine has been the hot one. If they keep both, who stays in the rotation would probably be determined on who works best out of the bullpen, much the way they chose the roles for Brian Bannister and Aaron Heilman coming out of spring training.
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