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The Lost Weekend

Mike SteffanosSunday, September 17, 2006
By Mike Steffanos


Pirates 3 - Mets 0

When the Mets get around to drinking that champagne it's bound to be a little flat. John Maine overcame a rough start to pitch a good, gutsy game, but once again the Mets offense was non-existent. The inability to get the big hit killed us again. The Mets managed to strand 16 men on base, and will have to try again tomorrow to clinch the NL east.

There were some bright spots tonight, and we may even appreciate them eventually. Johnny Maine, who looked like he might not survive the early innings, was resilient and resourceful. David Wright, who needs to wake up and start producing against lefties, did exactly that -- going 2-4 with a double and a stolen base. Lastings Milledge, who might also be needed against southpaws, contributed a pair of hits. Endy Chavez had 3 hits after going a week without starting. You sense that he may become more important if Shawn Green continues not producing. And Roberto Hernandez had a strong inning in relief with a pair of strikouts.

Let's update Johnny Maine since August 1:

John Maine
DateOpp.IPRERHKBBHRERAWHIPTeam
Result
8/6PHI60034300.001.00W
8/12@WSH5.14446126.750.94W
8/17@PHI62284013.001.33W
8/22STL577652212.601.60W
8/28PHI6.12252212.841.11W
9/2@HOU6.12223122.840.47W
9/8LAD54264323.601.80L
9/17@PIT62266303.001.50L
TOTAL (8 Games)462321403415104.111.206-2

Maine wasn't dominating today, but he gave up no home runs and made the pitches he needed to escape some jams. Now we'll see what Steve Trachsel does tomorrow. And speaking of tomorrow, how about wrapping this division up?

Box Score

Comments (6)

Mike,

How about we carve out the big brown spot in John Maine's pitching apple, as you've been doing with El Duque, and highlight his stats minus his 8/22 game against the Cards?

41 IP, 16 R, 14 ER, 34 hits, 29 K's, 13 walks, 8 HR, 3.07 ERA, 1.15 WHIP

Respectable numbers for a possible Game 3 starter, I submit.

NostraDennis - I thought about doing that, but I thought there was a difference between the 2 games. El Duque was asked to stay in and absorb a pounding, and Maine got creamed during the normal course of pitching a game. I think I still like Orlando Hernandez ahead of Maine in the playoffs, but I think Maine has put the pressure back on Trachsel.

Mike,

I like El Duque ahead of Maine as well, but I won't be convinced that Pedro's back until I see him toss seven solid innings. So in my mind, it's Glavine, Hernandez, and Maine. I'm hoping Pedro becomes Pedro again, but if not, these three aren't a bad opening round rotation.

That's a very good point.

Home for lunch just checking in. I said a few days ago after Pedros start, we have to hope in maybe 2 or 3 more starts, he will be strong enough to give us a win in the first round of the playoffs. Now I add with agreement, IF he is not ready we would have to think of another rotation without him but to continue his healing for the second round or WS. Thanks for a nice lunch break,bye...TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT.

Sounds good to me, Rev.

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