By his own admission, “John Maine’s”:http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=7386 said work needs to be done. Maine, despite his numbers (5-0, 1.79 ERA), admittedly hasn’t had his best stuff in his last two starts.
However, the overriding theme in both is that he pitched well enough for the Mets to win.
A pitcher might not have his best stuff but for maybe a third of his starts if he’s lucky. That Maine has been able to get out of an unraveling inning is a sign of his maturity.
Said manager Willie Randolph: “One of the things about John that I really like is that he keeps us in the game.”
It is something Mike Pelfrey will try to learn in New Orleans.