Who is John Maine?

I know I wanted to know a little bit more about the Mets’ starting pitcher for tonight’s game against the Nationals. Reading the morning papers today, we learn that he is twenty-four years old, and is 1-3 with a 2.63 ERA down in Norfolk so far. Sounds like some poor run support, becuase he’s not allowing a lot of runs. Maine also had a 12.60 ERA in spring training, and went 2-4 with a 6.30 ERA in Baltimore last year in select games.

The main thing we know about him, though, is that he’s getting the start for the Mets today because, unlike the other options for this spot start, (Jeremi Gonzalez and Jose Lima) Maine is on the 40 man roster, meaning the Mets do not have to release anybody to make room for him. All they had to do was send Victor Diaz down, after a grand total of one at-bat up north with the big team.

We’ll know more about John Maine after tonight, though perhaps not that much more, since he is playing the hapless Washington Nationals. Who knows, maybe if he can put together a good start, he’ll be considered for any future openings in the Mets rotation if, for whatever reason, certain starters who aren’t very good are taken out of the rotation.

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