I know this isn’t college football where neatness counts and lopsided wins mean something, but when you’re up by six against the Pirates you have to put them away. You must develop a killer instinct against the weaker teams.
I’m also not buying the party line John Maine had such a great night. The Mets say 34 foul balls meant his ball was moving. Maine said if a few more of those were put in play his pitch count would have gone down.
The assumption being, of course, if those balls would have been outs. What if they were hits? Let’s face it, 117 pitches is too many for five innings no matter what kind of spin they put on it.