Mets 10 – Nationals 7 May 20, 2010

New York Mets starting pitcher John Maine delivers a pitch to the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati

http://cdn.pis.picapp.com/IamProd/PicAppPIS/JavaScript/PisV4.jsThe Mets finally got some offense for a change but the game started with a bizarre episode involving John Maine. He threw 5 pitches to the first batter and got pulled from the game. His fastball was at 85 mph and it looked like something was wrong. He and Jerry Manuel argued in the dugout. Maine appeared to have wanted to stay in the game.

Raul Valdes was warming up right from the start of the game. So the Mets knew something was wrong with Maine. Valdes did an unbelievable job going 5 innings and giving up 3 runs. You can’t ask for a better long relief job than Valdes did tonight. I was really impressed.

On offense the Mets put up 15 hits and only had 3 strikeouts. Talk about a turnaround! Jason Bay and Ike Davis both had 3 hits and Rod Barajas had a home run, his 10th of the season. David Wright even got in on the act with a bases clearing double in the first inning.

The Mets head home to face the Yankees this weekend.

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Preview: Mets at Nationals May 20, 2010

New York Mets (19-22) at Washington Nationals (21-20)  7:05 pm

John Maine (1-3 6.13) vs Luis Atilano (3-0 3.90)

TV: SNY   Radio: WFAN

What to watch: The Mets try to avoid the short series sweep tonight behind Maine. He got destroyed in his last start in Florida and is 0-2 with a 8.53 ERA in road games this season. Atilano got a win against the Mets on May 10 throwing 5.1 shutout innings.

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Marlins 7 – Mets 5 May 15, 2010

New York Mets' Jason Bay sits in the dugout following their loss in their MLB National League baseball game against the Florida Marlins in Miami

http://cdn.pis.picapp.com/IamProd/PicAppPIS/JavaScript/PisV4.jsThe Mets lost their fourth straight game and six of seven. John Maine regressed tonight with a terrible start. He walked the first three batters of the game without throwing a strike. He was lucky to get out of the first inning only giving up 3 runs on 40 pitches. You knew it was going to be a long night right from the start. He finished up going 5 IP and gave up 6 ER raising his ERA to 6.13.

The offense was switched up with Jose Reyes going back to leadoff and Angel Pagan hitting third. It paid some early dividends with the team having 13 hits and scoring 5 runs. Reyes was 2 for 5 hitting leadoff.

The offense wasn’t enough to make up for Maine’s awful start. It’s really become a sorry looking team over the last week.

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Preview: Mets at Marlins May 15, 2010

New York Mets (18-18) at Florida Marlins (18-18)  7:10 pm

John Maine (1-2 5.45) vs Nate Robertson (3-3 4.54)

TV: WPIX   Radio: WFAN

What to watch: The Mets need to salvage the last two games of the series just to secure  a split with the Marlins. Jerry Manuel has been hinting for a few days about lineup changes, maybe we’ll finally see something tonight. Maine has had three quality starts in a row and the Mets have won three of the last four games that he started. Robertson has been up and down for the Marlins. Though they’ve lost three of the last four games that he started.

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Nationals 3 – Mets 2 May 10, 2010

MLB: APR 25 Braves at Mets

http://cdn.pis.picapp.com/IamProd/PicAppPIS/JavaScript/PisV4.jsThe Mets got a good start from John Maine, his third in a row. He went 6 IP giving up 2 ER on back to back homers by Adam Kennedy and Ryan Zimmerman in the third inning. He did have a lot of traffic on the bases giving up 7 hits and 4 walks but managed to keep the damage to a minimum.

Pedro Feliciano was terrible in the eighth inning giving up 3 straight hits and a run while only recording one out. That’s where the game was lost.

The Mets did have 12 hits including a long home run in the ninth by Angel Pagan. The Mets left 11 runners on base including Ike Davis leaving 5 and Jose Reyes 4. Speaking of Reyes, he got tossed in the seventh inning for throwing his bat and helmet down after a called third strike. Jerry Manuel came out and got tossed immediately after Reyes.

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Preview: Nationals at Mets May 10, 2010

Washington Nationals (17-14) at New York Mets (17-14)   7:10 pm

Luis Atilano (2-0 4.67) vs John Maine (1-1 5.97)

TV: SNY   Radio: WFAN

What to watch: The Nationals come to town playing much better than we’re used to seeing from them. They took two of three from the Marlins in their last series. Atilano started well for them but got rocked by the Braves in his last start. He gave up 6 ER in 5.1 IP. Maine has put up two quality starts in a row after a terrible start to the season.

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Mets 5 – Reds 4 May 4, 2010

MLB: New York Mets at Los Angeles Dodgers

http://cdn.pis.picapp.com/IamProd/PicAppPIS/JavaScript/PisV4.jsThis was a really good game on several levels. First, it was just a close game that went down to the ninth inning. Second, John Maine had a solid start going 6 innings and giving up only 1 ER.

Maine looked good throughout the game even though he didn’t have the velocity that he’s had in past seasons. I think we just need to get used to that. The low to mid-90’s heater just isn’t there anymore. Tonight he was getting the Reds hitter fishing at the high fastball though. We haven’t seen that consistently in quite a while

The Mets put up 8 hits including a 2 for 4 night from Jose Reyes, who also had a double and an RBI. David Wright also had a huge bomb in the the fourth inning that hit the second deck in left field. But the offensive hero of the game was Rod Barajas. He hit his seventh homer of the season in the ninth off Francisco Cordero to break the tie and win the game.

The Mets break their three game losing streak and try to win the series tomorrow afternoon.

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