Kick Him Now or Wait?

By / March 15, 2010 / Spring Training

I am going to kick him in the head. I AM REALLY GOING TO KICK HIM IN THE HEAD!

I really want to know the answer to this question. Should I kick John Maine now, or should I wait until a later date? You tell me what you think I should do. I’m ready to kick him now.

In case you have not heard, Maine was clobbered yesterday. Here’s what he had to say about the whole thing:

My mechanics felt fine. I just wasn’t kind of that into it. It wasn’t good. It’s just I wasn’t all that prepared. The feeling that it’s not my game is the hardest thing. It’s a waste of a day.

Seriously? Because it was not your game you just gave it up? Boy you better figure yourself out or you will be the one on the trading block courtesy of yours truly.

Johan Santana was the scheduled pitcher to start. He did. He was his usual Johan self. Maine came in, and the Mets never had a chance because he gave up five runs. FIVE RUNS! Count them: one, two, three, four, FIVE!

If Maine knew he would be pitching, how is it that he comes to a ballpark not prepared? Is he really that stupid or is he just playing the role? I have to wonder which it is because he is doing an incredible job.


I am going to need someone to check my blood pressure now.

I am sick of John Maine’s excuses. It is always something with him. If he pitches badly, he cannot just take it. Maine, man up and just admit that you sucked that day. NO EXCUSES!

The Mets should consider that for a slogan: 2010 Mets – No Excuses!

Again I ask, should I kick him now or wait? I got the shoes ready.

Source: NBCNewYork

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Tony Russo

I occasionally cover the Orioles’ farm team, the Delmarva Shorebirds. And while Maine (a former Shorebird) put it poorly it’s kind of consistent with what I’ve heard from other (Single A) pitchers.
They essentially break 10 outings into camps. Three times you’re going to be at the top of your game and three times you’re going to suck and all you can do is wait for it to be over. It’s the four games when you’re “in the middle” that these guys tend to worry about.
True, that’s the difference between Single A and pro ball, but it was interesting to hear a guy from the same clubhouse still saying the same thing in the pros.


When a pitcher gets use to being a starter, it’s not a mechanics thing or comfort thing, it’s a mind thing. A example was just last year in Putz. Even though he was terrible overall for them, he had to change his mindset from closer to setup. Starter don’t have to do that unless they are fighting for a spot in the rotation. Maine knows he’s in the rotation, he is still in that starters mindset. Preparation. If he comes in to pitch in the middle of a game, it goes completely against that mentality and they will struggle as a result, then when asked, if they give an honest answer, we get that quote. It is expected. He is not a middle reliever, he is not a bridger, he is a starter. He expects to start and feels that anything else is a waste of his energy. That is how 90 percent of starters in the league feel. Let’s not kick him in the head yet Tanya. Instead wait and save your Timberlands for Ollie, he may need it more in the coming months.

The Coop

If there’s anyone in the rotation *I’d* like to kick it’s Oh Pea, but that’s neither here nor there (between you and me going postal on them, they’d still have injuries this season – ha ha ha). The issue with Maine is that he’s very hot and cold and doesn’t have an “out” pitch. Think of how many games he couldn’t get out of the 5th inning b/c of getting up 0-2 or 1-2 on counts, then having the hitter foul a million and one times. Johan is Johan, the rest of the rotation are called the Four Rainouts for a reason…you never know what to expect. Maine, Pelf and Oh Pea are three gigantic question marks. And well, the 5th starter also is, since we do not have his name yet. Ha ha


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