John Maine allowed eight hits and four earned runs over over
five innings in his 2010 debut last week against the Marlins and was
pounded for eight earned over three innings Tuesday night against the Rockies. Needless to say, he has struggled mightily. And now we get this…
ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin heard from a source Wednesday that Maine will retain his spot in the Mets’ rotation for at least one more game, but must be better the next time he takes the mound. The 28-year-old right-hander is scheduled to pitch Sunday night against a tough St. Louis lineup, so we’ll get an idea of where he stands in just a few days.
Manager Jerry Manuel went on New York-based WFAN this afternoon to confirm the report and then the two shared a 35-minute closed-door conversation soon after. Maine has promised to change his philosophy on the mound and believes he will find more success if he simply relies more heavily on his fastball. He’s off to an 0-1 start this year with a 13.50 ERA and 2.38 WHIP through eight innings.
Free agent left-hander Wade Miley is among several offseason targets for the Twins, according to a report from Darren Wolfson of KSTP. Miley’s $12 million option was declined by the Orioles back in November, and while he’s expected to attract another major league deal in 2018, he hasn’t exactly been highly sought after this offseason.
The 31-year-old lefty finished his second campaign with the Orioles in 2017, producing an 8-15 record in 32 starts and ranking second-to-last among all AL starters with a 5.61 ERA, 5.3 BB/9 and 8.1 SO/9 in 157 1/3 innings. Even taking Miley’s undeniable durability into account — he remained healthy for the bulk of the season and completed his sixth straight year with 30+ starts — his declining value and career-worst numbers may lower his price tag as the 2018 season approaches.
Wolfson notes that the Twins have engaged in “regular dialogue” with Miley’s agent this winter, but he’s far from the only starting pitcher they have their eye on. Right-handers Yu Darvish, Lance Lynn, Alex Cobb and Chris Tillman are still on their radar, among several others, and club owner Jim Pohlad said Saturday that he was “totally on board” with the idea of signing a big-name free agent like Darvish or another available starter. “There are some interesting names and some interesting opportunities there,” Pohlad told a crowd at TwinsFest. “I’m as intrigued by it as anybody and attracted to it as anybody.”