By Mike Steffanos
Cubs 10 - Mets 1
I'm going to be very brief today, because blowout games don't command much analysis and I have 2 very large holes to dig for two 15 foot shade trees (Princeton Elm and Red Sunset Maple) in the front yard of the new house.
I guess with a couple of bad efforts in a row John Maine's hot streak is over, although it would be premature to call it a slump. The walks have resurfaced as a problem the last couple of games. I'm not really that worried about him, though. A baseball season is a series of ups and downs. He's pitched without his best stuff the last 3 games and managed to keep the Mets in games.
Scott Schoeneweis, on the other hand, once again brought a big can of high-test in with him from the bullpen, turning a 2-run game into a rout. Based on his stats, I had trouble seeing what Omar felt was worth 3 years and so much money in this southpaw back when they signed him. I felt I wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt, because the current regime has earned that. I'm not arrogant enough to declare this signing a bust less than a quarter of the way into the season, but I hold my breath whenever he pitches, particularly to righties. Also, ground ball pitchers with low strikeout totals need to keep their walks down. Schoeneweis was getting a little better at that heading into last night, but he walked 2 last night, both of whom scored.
At this point, it's hard to see Schoeneweis as anything more than a lefty specialist, and that's not worth what the contract he was given -- particularly since he's not even the best lefty in the bullpen. Feliciano is a better pitcher, period.
Aaron Sele, who I've been somewhat skeptical of, was bad last night after a couple of decent outings. He's in a tough position, replacing Oliver who was great last year, but I'm thinking there is an opportunity for Dave Williams here when he finally makes it back. Oliver just plain had better stuff than Sele has, and Williams does, too.
Well, time to grab my shovel. Move in day is one week from tomorrow. Hope I survive.
|John Maine (5-1)|
|TOTAL (8 Games)||50.1||12||12||36||45||27||3||2.15||1.25||7-1|