Well that was a fun game last night. Actually I was sweating bullets in the 3rd when the strike zone got so small. Really though last nights game is why I like this kid (Jurrjens) so much. He has a veteran's composure on the mound. He lost it for an inning and came back after that and pitched another 3 hitless innings. Superb indeed.
|2008 - Tim Hudson||3-1||5||5||0||0||0||0||30.2||28||11||10||1||5||16||2.93||1.08|
|2008 - John Maine||1-2||4||4||0||0||0||0||22.2||23||9||9||3||14||16||3.57||1.63|
I tell you what, Maine just really boggles my brain, because a couple years ago he looked hopeless. Alas, though, he has developed exactly how Baseball America said he would in their 2005 book:
None of Maine's pitches is overwhelming, which explains why he struggles when he moves up to a new level......Maine has a ceiling of a No. 3 starter, and probably a No. 4 or No. 5 on a first division club. But he's a pitcher's pitcher and should get the most out of his ability.
- Baseball America Prospect Handbook 2005, by Will Lingo
That analysis sounds an awful lot like Maine now. He has just been a steady guy who has really helped get the Mets through their rotation struggles the past couple of seasons. I'll work on NAHWAL tonight and try to get the new points totals posted by Sunday morning.