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.
Rick Morissey of the Chicago Sun-Times published an article on Sunday giving a bit of insight into Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein. When Epsten was younger, he dabbled in sportswriting, but quickly realized the trade wasn’t for him.
As Morissey details, when Epstein was 19 years old writing for Yale’s student newspaper, he wrote an article suggesting the school’s football coach should be fired during what would become a 3-7 season. Epstein was told during the meeting that one writer would defend the coach and one would call for his job. “It was a lesson in the way that the world of journalism sometimes works. It was an eye-opener for me. I regret it, and I’ve happily moved on.”
Epstein continued, “I realized I didn’t want to be a sportswriter when I was interning with the Orioles back in ’92, ’93, ’94. I did do a lot of media-relations stuff, and I saw that the life of a sportswriter is pretty lonely. You kind of work by yourself, sit there by yourself in the press box, go back to the hotel bar. Not to generalize.” He added, “But I really respect writing and respect sportswriters.”
He’s not wrong, and he seems to have found his calling as a front office executive. His Cubs are back in the World Series for the first time since 1945.
Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis tweeted on Sunday, “Got a little too close to [Francisco Lindor] during the celebration!! Freak accident but should be good to go by Tuesday! #cantkeepmeoutofthisgame!”
Per MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian, manager Terry Francona said Kipnis is dealing with a low ankle sprain, but he’s expected to be ready to go when the World Series begins on Tuesday. Kipnis went through fielding drills on Sunday.
Kipnis is hitting .167/.219/.367 with a pair of homers and four RBI in eight games this postseason.