The pregame chatter here in Atlanta revolved mainly around John Maine. He will try to pass one last test and then hope to be activated Monday. He will throw a one-inning simulated game against hitters today at Turner Field, because if he comes back it would be as no more than a one-inning reliever. Maine has his hopes high, but pitching coach Dan Warthen isn’t high on his arm holding up. But we will see how he bounces back on Sunday. That will be the big indicator. Warthen did say that there’s a chance Maine could be activated on Monday.
Luis Castillo is back at second, and Jerry Manuel hopes he can remain out there the rest of the way because of his experience. Argenis Reyes, the rookie, is in an 0-for-24 skid after starting there the previous three games. When Castillo grounded out in the first, it dropped him to 2 for 21 in September.
Jose Reyes, on the other hand, is starting to give the Mets what he didn’t give them last September. His leadoff homer marked his second in three days and the 14th of his career. He had two hits in each of the previous two games in Washington.