Your 2010 Mets — At Least They’re Not Boring!

metsaltlogoSay what you want about the Mets, but they’re certainly not boring. Whether it’s an eight game winning streak or playing a 20 inning game or their owner flying down to Atlanta to talk to the manager, it’s always something interesting. The latest twist in Metsland is John Maine being pulled from Thursday night’s game against the Nationals after just one batter (naturally, it was a walk).

It seems Jerry Manuel and Dan Warthen didn’t like the way Maine looked in pre-game warm-ups. Then when the game started, they were concerned about Maine’s velocity, or should I say, the lack of velocity — his fastball reached only into the mid-80s. R.A. Dickey throws knuckleballs nearly that fast. So they took him out and will send him to the doctor. It’s unclear what the doctor is supposed to be looking for.

Mets Nationals BaseballMaine was clearly not happy as he stood on the mound surrounded by Manuel, Warthen and his teammates.  It looked like Maine was begging to stay in the game, but Manuel wasn’t listening. When Manuel signaled to the bullpen for Raul Valdes, Maine looked disgusted. But so did Manuel. After they both got back to the dugout, the cameras were focused on them as they argued until Maine stormed off towards the clubhouse. Manuel has never looked that angry since he’s been the Mets manager.

My guess is that we’ve seen the last of Maine in a Mets uniform. If he is indeed injured, he’ll disappear onto the disabled list, joining Sean Green as an MIA. If there’s nothing physically wrong with him, that means he is unable to throw a fastball that would break a pane of glass. The Mets have no use for a pitcher like that, and it says here that they will just release him.

It’s a sad state of affairs. Maine looked so promising as recently as two seasons ago. He had the look of a pitcher who would develop into a very solid number 2 starter. But then he hurt his shoulder, his 90s+ fastball was gone, and Maine couldn’t figure out how to pitch without it.

So now the rotation is in shambles. Johan Santana and Mike Pelfrey are still there. Jon Niese is expected to miss only two or three starts. Dickey did all right in his first start as his replacement. Hisanori Takahashi gets his first start in place of Oliver Perez Friday against the Yankees. And now the Mets in all likelihood will need someone to replace Maine. Dillon Gee and Pat Misch are candidates in Buffalo. I thought Misch looked really good last season, and hopefully he will get another chance.

So the Mets may not be winning as much as we’d like, but at least there’s always a reason to tune in. Boring is all right if you’re winning, but boring and losing — that’s a deadly combination.

2 thoughts on “Your 2010 Mets — At Least They’re Not Boring!

  • May 21, 2010 at 4:49 am
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    In order for the Mets to become a well run organization it has to start from the top and work its way down. The Mets management is a mess. Every writer, sports announcer, kibitzer on the street and every fantasy owner spoke of nothing all winter but about how the Mets needed pitching. So naturally the Mets only signing of the offseason was a singles hitting leftfielder.

    I’d like to see some sort of a poll regarding fantasy baseball owners that tabulates how many Mets pitchers other than Johan were selected for their team’s. In addition, how is it that Ollie Perez doesn’t show up on the radar of most fantasy owners yet Omar gave him 36 million? (The worst signing in Mets history!)

    However, I think it goes deeper than just this offseason. There is a definite culture surrounding the organization that just reeks. As an organization they just seem to be adrift. They don’t have a concrete philosphy. There is no plan for success.

    The team has money, plays in the largest market, yet struggles every year!??? How can this be? Harry Chiti and Choo-Choo Coleman have long since departed the scene I still get the feeling that this organization still does not know what it is.

  • May 21, 2010 at 10:46 am
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    finally someone agrees with me to call up pat misch. what was this guy last year? a reliable innings eater who got the job done. thats all the mets need but no one on there team is like that. as soon as this season began i wanted matthews, jacobs, perez, maine, and tatis gone and misch and parnell here to make a rotation of santana pelf misch niese and nieve. bullpen would be krod igarashi takahashi parnell mejia and then like sean green i guess. plus the same lineup as now but blanco murph cora on the bench (among a few others). its not completely there but its mostly common sense, get rid of the bad guys

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