Forget about John Maine in the bullpen. The Mets need him to give quality start innings. Manager Jerry Manuel said the bullpen is more a priority than what Maine can give the Mets as a starter.
I’m not buying that one for a second. If Maine spits the bit as a starter, it means the Mets will be needing four innings when he pitches. Not good.
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Maine is 5-2 in nine career starts against the Nationals, who are hitting all of .207 against him. Since complaining of a tired arm, June 30 at St. Louis, Maine has made six starts and not worked a full five innings in four of them.
This is a huge Mets issue.