John Maine on thin ice in Mets' starting rotation

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maine walking off mound.JPGJohn 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.

Joe Girardi is not a fan of Game 162 scheduling

Joe Girardi
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The Yankees fell behind early to the Orioles on Sunday afternoon, a day after dropping both ends of Saturday’s doubleheader. Their game, as did every other game on Sunday with the exception of the Braves-Cardinals doubleheader, started at 3:05 or 3:10 EDT, a change Major League Baseball recently made to create fairness on the final day of the season.

Girardi is not a fan. Per the Associated Press:

It was cloudy at Camden Yards at 3:05 p.m., but late-afternoon games often make it difficult for batters to see pitches.

Girardi said, “Here’s the thing that bothers me: If it’s a sunny day you’re playing in shadows.”

He added, “If it’s the most important game of the year to get in, I don’t think that’s right.”

Understanding the idea is for every team to play at the same time, Girardi said, “Then play all night games.”

One wonders if MLB had scheduled Sunday’s slate of games for the night, if Girardi would have instead complained about batters losing fly balls in the stadium lights. Furthermore, both teams have to play in the same conditions.

Video: Ichiro Suzuki pitches an inning for the Marlins

Ichiro Suzuki
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Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki was given an opportunity to play a new position in Sunday’s series finale against the Phillies. After the Phillies rallied to take a 6-2 lead in the seventh, the Marlins let Suzuki take the hill in the eighth. And, in news that surprises no one, he was impressive.

Though Suzuki gave up a run on two hits, he flashed a fastball that hit the mid-80’s and a breaking ball with some bite.

Suzuki, who turns 42 years old later this month, is 65 hits of 3,000 in his major league career. The Marlins are interested in bringing him back in 2016.