In this edition of â€œMake it or break itâ€, we take a look at John Maine. John has had a weird ride in 2009. Coming off shoulder surgery in the offseason, John got off to a slooow start in April. He closed out the first month of the season with a 5.40 ERA and a 1-2 record. John however rebounded nicely in May and posted up a 2.75 ERA and going 4-1 but thatâ€™s where John fell into the rabbits hole. After a few bad starts in June, John was placed on the DL with what at that time was arm fatigue. After that, there was a different report almost on a daily basis on Johnâ€™s real injury. After soon falling off the media wagon all together, he made his return in September against the Phillies. John is coming off a $2 million arbitration signing for 2009 and will again go through arbitration going into 2010
Now I am a believer of looking at a personâ€™s body of work to make a decision about that person. John has been injury plagued for two years now. He seems to be the type to â€œover thinkâ€ many things and often is known for his emotions clouding his focus on the mound. Now one benefit of Maine is that he owns the Marlins (2.75 Era) and Phillies (2.54 Era). He also does well again the Nationals with a 4.04 ERA and 6-2 record. Now he is by no means a stud pitcher with a career 4.18 ERA and 1.31 WHIP but he is serviceable. In my opinion, I think the Mets should take a reasonable look at Maine next year for if anything minor league pitching depth. He is 28 years old and has success versus our division teams, which comes in handy if the injury bug spills into next year.
Another factor to consider is the fact that the Mets only have 2 guaranteed contracts coming next year for the rotation in Santana and Perez. All the other spots are up for grabs and while the Mets have viable in house candidates for them, they all lack the Major League experience that Maine has. Also for a team that has to fill many holes with at best no increase to this yearâ€™s payroll, they have to think about where would be the best way to spend their money.
What would you do? Would you scrap Maine entirely or keep him around for next year?