By Mike Steffanos
Yankees 6 - Mets 2
Damn, I wanted that sweep...
This is three bad starts in a row now for John Maine, featuring too many pitches, too many walks and too many runs. He's lost the excellent fastball command he had for the first month of the season, and the ability to pitch down in the zone. On the plus side, his off-speed stuff seems to be coming along pretty good.
When Maine was light-out for his first six starts, I wondered how he would react to a personal slump. I confess that I hoped the answer to that one wouldn't come quite this quickly, but now I'm curious to see how he makes the adjustments necessary to pitch effectively again.
With respect for all he has done, I think if I was manager of the Mets I would give Delgado until Moises Alou returns at the end of the month to start looking confident at the plate. Right now he just doesn't belong in the cleanup spot, and I'd like to see someone batting behind Beltran right now who is productive. I know that Delgado endured a prolonged slump last season and rebounded nicely, but although he has some good games here and there, he's shown no sign of really coming out of this one.
Move-in day is still Thursday. This whole week is going to be nuts. I'll do my best to post every day, but I may miss one or two. Sorry for the brief one today.
|John Maine (5-2)|
|TOTAL (9 Games)||55.1||17||17||44||49||30||5||2.77||1.34||7-2|