As news of Ike Davis imminent arrival flowed through the blogosphere, there is still "the Maine question" to be dealt with in the coming weeks.
We saw John Maine struggle again last night...
Struggle with velocity--he topped out at 90 mph on a fastball that seemed to sit more in the 87-89 range than anything.
Struggle with control--he hit a batter, walked four, and needed 115 pitches to get through 5 innings. Moreover, at least two Cardinals reached base in each of those innings.
On the year Maine has a 10.38 ERA and a staggeringly poor 2.23 WHIP. Opponents are hitting .368 against him.
It's beyond ugly.
We only have to look to AAA to see the possible answer in the form of Dillon Gee.
Gee is off to a hot start in AAA--dominant is a better word. In two starts he's pitched 13 innings and allowed a miserly 5 hits, 1 walk and 0 runs while striking out 12.
For Gee it works because statistics say that the Mets would need him at some point this year anyway. Most teams use 8-10 starters in any given year, so why not see what Gee can do now vice August or in an emergency? This would allow the Mets to plan when the first start takes place (at home) and most likely against a weaker team. An easing in of sorts.