First off I have to say that was a great game last night. I was worried that Mike Pelfrey would melt down against the Yankees like the way he did against the Phillies, but he was dominant through six innings ! Kudos go out to David Wright and Jason Bay for powering the offense.John Maine has been on my mind alot lately. It saddens me to see that he is becoming sort of a malcontent in the eyes of the Mets fan. But remember there was a time when we had big expectations for the guy. He was in alot of ways like Mike Pelfrey. Both were touted for their fastballs, both have/had a good repretoire of pitches, and both were thought of a potential number two pitchers in the Mets rotation. So what happened ? Why has Pelfrey succeeded where John Maine has failed? Remember during Spring Training of '07 when John was being heralded as a potential candidate for the Cy Young ? Remember when in '07 when he was one of the best pitchers in the National League and we were all outraged when he was overlooked for the ALL STAR GAME ? What has happened to John Maine? Has he lost his confidence? Is his arm shot like Craig Swan's ( one of the better pitchers in Mets history - but tore his rotator cuff and was never the same
)? Is it all mental with him? All I know is that he was never the same pitcher after the All Star snub. John Maine is a very intense individual - kinda like the Chris Carter of pitching. It seems that he internalizes his bad outings and his mediocre ones alike. I feel after the snub he wanted to prove everyone wrong , but he lost his focus and screwed up his mechanics. The tail end of the '07 season he was putrid - which helped in the teams sickening collapse. He was ineffective and he looked helpless. In '08 he suffered a arm injury in the middle of the season and required surgery. He would also undergo the blade last season also, But came back in the last month of the season and pitched decently. I contend that John Maine will never be a power pitcher again. I feel that his arm strength will always be a problem, and he will never get the kind of torque on his pitches that will give him a 95 m.p.h fastball. And I don't know if he can be made into a junk ball pitcher like Frank Tanana or Jaimie Moyer. It doesn't seem like he has the mental make up for that. No sadly I see John Maine needing surgery yet again, and it wouldn't surprise me if he gets released mid-season. But one thing is for sure - don't look for Maine to be in a Mets uniform next season. I believe that ship has sailed and in ten years from now, whenever his name is mentioned, we will remember him fondly ( like we do with Swan
) and wondered what could have been.
"Can he ever recover?"
And with that said .... HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Happy Birthday wishes go out to the one time Rookie Of The Year pitcher for the San Diego Padres - but who sucked when he became a Met, Butch Metzger (1952)The man with possibly the best name to ever play fr the Mets - Pepe Mangual is 58 (1952). His name was funny - but his defensive skills were funnier !
Utilityman from the '04 team - Ricky Gutierrez is 40 (1970) .New York Mets purchased one of the craziest men to ever play the game of baseball - Jimmy " Fear Strikes Out
" Piersall from the Washington Senators on May 23, 1963.And today's Mo Vaughn tidbit of the day - Mo never dines alone !