The Mets and John Maine had a great game last night. Carlos Delgado finally showed the power that the Mets are paying $14M/year for. I was really starting to wonder if he was injured and not telling anyone.
The story of the game for me was Maine. He had a nice game after three sub par starts. I do like the way he pitches but there are two things about him that are unusual. One, he pitches high in the strike zone consistently. Two, he doesn’t have an overpowering fastball and doesn’t have any other great pitches to go along with it.
Whatever he’s doing, it’s working. I think his success is predicated on if the umpire is calling the vertical strike zone. If the umpire is “old school” and won’t call a strike above the belt, Maine will be in trouble.
Maine seems to lose focus occasionally during the game, but doesn’t get rattled when he’s in trouble. I believe he’ll have long term success as a starter despite his unusual propensity to throw high strikes.