John Maine To Stay In Rotation Against Cardinals

Updated 5:30 pm

According to Adam Rubin, John Maine will remain in the rotation and make Sunday’s start against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Maine matched a career high by allowing eight runs in three innings Tuesday against the Colorado Rockies. That performance lifted Maine’s ERA to 13.50 after two starts.

Keep your fingers crossed and hope for the best…

Original Post 4/14 12:00 am

Only seven games into the season and the house of cards the Mets call a rotation is starting to flop. During the post game show on SNY tonight, Jerry Manuel was asked by Kevin Burkhardt if John Maine’s rotation spot was in jeopardy after his second consecutive bad start. Manuel answered,

“It’s something I’m thinking about, but not ready to address. I want to sleep over it tonight and see how I feel in the morning, but certainly the time is right for us to begin a dialog about it.”

It sounds like desperation is already setting in…

Maine allowed eight runs tonight, all of them earned, on seven hits and four walks in three innings pitched. Absolutely unacceptable…

All the runs were scored with two outs, and that’s what really makes this so hard to swallow. Maine had several chances to get out of the inning, but kept laying them on a tee for the Rockies tonight. He was totally lost out there, and let the game get completely away from him. The Mets never had a chance with Maine on the mound.

Of course, this is terrible news for the Mets. Considering how high the organization had been on Maine this spring, this is obviously a huge blow. Maine’s fastball has no life on it and he struggled to hit 90-mph on the radar gun in the thin air of Colorado. In his first start, he topped out at 88-mph.

The question I have is, who could they possibly replace Maine with in the rotation?

The Mets gambled that Maine and Perez would come back from injury and become dominant pitchers this season. So far that gamble seems to be a colossal miscalculation.

Where do they go from here?

Feel free to chime in, and don’t be bashful.

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