You won't hear it from the team...yet. You won't hear it from the management...yet. You will hear it from me...now.
I am extremely worried about Maine's arm...he might be shot, done, finito.
Thus far, his 2010 spring training has confirmed that he is not in form, and that the last two years of surgeries and disabled list rests from "shoulder fatigue" and other shoulder ailments may have removed the pain, but not brought back the stuff that made him a capable middle of the rotation starter.
During the off-season a contact I have with deep ties to the Mets organization warned me that "Maine is done" as a starter because "he has a dead arm." "A dead arm? Really?" I was incredulous.
"Yes, it's dead, and his stuff is gone," he reiterated. I didn't believe him and basically laughed him off.
After seeing what Maine is capable of thus far, I am not laughing anymore.
Saturday may tell us the rest of the story, and it will be, by far, the most important outing yet this spring.
John Maine Statistics
Monday, March 15, 2010
by Dave Singer