Tag:John Maine
Posted on: April 23, 2009 12:01 pm

Video notes for the Pitching Planner

Pitching planner topics...

1. Pirates starting pitchers ... Paul Maholm, Zach Duke and Ian Snell.

2. Burgeoning aces John Danks, Zack Greinke and Josh Johnson

3. Struggling aces CC Sabathia, Tim Lincecum, Cole Hamels, Francisco Liriano and Justin Verlander


Must-start, two-start pitcher (owned in over 50 percent of leagues)

Brad Penny BOS (owned in over 50 percent of leagues)

(04/28) @ CLE Anthony Reyes

(05/03) @ TB James Shields

70 percent owned 35 percent starting


Must-sit, two-start pitcher (owned in at least 75 percent of leagues)

Chien-Ming Wang NYY

(04/28) @ DET Edwin Jackson

(05/03) vs. ANA TBD

78 percent owned 21 percent starting


Must-sit, two-start pitcher (owned in at least 75 percent of leagues)

John Maine NYM

(04/27) vs. FLA Ricky Nolasco 

(05/02) @ PHI Jamie Moyer

83 percent owned 47 percent starting


Two-start sleepers (owned in less than 50 percent of leagues)

Tim Wakefield BOS

(04/27) @ CLE Cliff Lee

(05/02) @ TB Jeff Niemann

33 percent owned 23 percent starting


Joel Pineiro STL

(04/27) @ ATL Jair Jurrjens

(05/02) @ WAS Shairon Martis

14 percent owned 9 percent starting


Brian Bannister KC

(04/27) vs. TOR David Purcey

(05/02) @ MIN Glen Perkins

8 percent owned 4 percent starting


Barry Zito SF

(04/27) vs. LA Randy Wolf

(05/03) vs. COL Jason Hammel

22 percent owned 6 percent starting



Posted on: August 14, 2008 9:55 am

Video notes for Pitching Planner

-- Paul Byrd traded to the Red Sox. Is this a move because they fear the worst with Tim Wakefield?
-- David Price is not here Aug. 1 like you said. He has moved up to Triple-A but got beat up, what's up with that?
-- John Maine returned with five solid innings. Could the Mets really consider using him, Oliver Perez or Mike Pelfrey in the bullpen?
-- Who are some of the next pitchers to return from injury that we can pick up? Phil Hughes. Adam Wainwright. Joba Chamberlain. Carl Pavano. Andrew Miller. Bartolo Colon.

Must-start, two-start pitcher
Joe Blanton PHI
(08/19) vs. WAS Jason Bergmann 
(08/24) vs. LA Brad Penny 
70 percent owned 46 percent starting

Must-sit, two-start pitcher
Brad Penny LA
(08/19) vs. COL Jeff Francis
(08/24) @ PHI Joe Blanton
73 percent owned 37 percent starting

Two-start sleepers
Anthony Reyes CLE
(08/19) vs. KC Luke Hochevar
(08/24) @ TEX Luis Mendoza
24 percent starting 15 percent owned

Jeff Francis COL
(08/19) @ LA Brad Penny
(08/24) vs. CIN Josh Fogg
50 percent owned 27 percent starting 


Posted on: August 6, 2008 6:18 pm

Video notes for Pitching Planner

Video notes for the Week 20 Pitching Planner
-- Joba Chamberlain to the DL ... Ian Kennedy up ... what are the Yankees to do to get back in the race? Phil Hughes, Carl Pavano????
-- John Maine was Joba a week ago ... can we trust him in Fantasy Week 20 (Aug. 11-17)? Jonathan Niese? El Duque? Bueller?
-- Also with the Mets... what are they going to do at closer?
-- Gio Gonzalez, Anthony Reyes, Jeff Karstens, Chris Waters ... can we trust these guys?

Must-start, two-start pitcher
Justin Verlander DET
(08/11) vs. TOR Shaun Marcum
(08/16) vs. BAL Chris Waters
97 percent owned 75 percent starting

A two-start pitcher to sit
Shaun Marcum TOR
(08/11) @ DET Justin Verlander
(08/16) @ BOS Josh Beckett
86 percent owned 43 percent starting

Two-start pitching sleepers
Anibal Sanchez FLA
(08/11) vs. STL Joel Pineiro 
(08/16) vs. CHC Ryan Dempster
50 percent owned 29 percent starting

Jeff Karstens PIT
(08/12) vs. CIN Homer Bailey 
(08/17) vs. NYM Johan Santana
6 percent owned 4 percent starting


Posted on: July 28, 2008 10:12 am

Maine event Monday night

Going to the Marlins-Mets game tonight. Should be good drama, but also another chance to look at the pitcher I called a 20-game winner this spring, John Maine.

I might have sounded crazy predicting a five-victory jump for the third-year right-hander, but his stuff in spring training looked better than anyone these eyes saw. Far better than Johan Santana's. Santana really doesn't blow people away anymore.

Maine came out of the gate throwing 97 mph, but struggling a bit with his command. He is a streaky pitcher -- remember the first half of 2007 and his final start of that year? -- so perhaps he can be a horse down the stretch.

I have traded for him in many leagues. Ross Devonport got me on a deal June 1. Rick Ankiel and Justin Duchscherer for John Maine. I had OF and pitching depth and figured I would "upgrade" Duchscherer to Maine. Whoopsy!

Maine is my pick to be better here on out, obviously, but throwing in Ankiel was just too much. Devonport is stalking me in the Fantasy Magazine league from third place, while I am a 1/2-point out of first now. Without that deal, I might have been leading things.

Posted on: April 16, 2008 11:30 am

Video notes for Pitching Planner

My notes/topics for the Week 4 Pitching Planner:

-- Closers Joe Borowski and Peter Moylan on DL
-- Gallardo coming off the DL
-- Ben Sheets off to a great start, podcast interview
-- Scott Kazmir starting rehab assignment
-- Cliff Lee's hot start
-- Erik Bedard cold start/DL stint

A must-start two-start pitcher
John Maine NYM
(04/21) @ CHC Carlos Zambrano 
(04/26) vs. ATL Tim Hudson
96 percent owned 80 percent started

A sit two-start pitcher
Jeff Francis COL
(04/22) vs. PHI Brett Myers
(04/27) @ LA Brad Penny
87 percent owned 41 percent started


Two-start sleepers
Barry Zito SF
(04/22) @ ARI Brandon Webb 
(04/27) vs. CIN Edinson Volquez 
68 percent owned 29 percent started

Carlos Villanueva MIL
(04/21) vs. STL Adam Wainwright
(04/27) vs. FLA Ricky Nolasco 
35 percent owned 17 percent started

Nelson Figueroa NYM
(04/22) @ CHC Ted Lilly
(04/27) vs. ATL John Smoltz
4 percent owned 2 percent started


Posted on: March 31, 2008 3:43 pm
Edited on: March 31, 2008 4:50 pm

Opening day Mets BP

MIAMI -- A few notes from the Mets batting practice on opening day.

-- The Mets are a real loose club, especially the sparkplug types Angel Pagan and Jose Reyes. Pagan seems to pal around with Reyes quite a bit, a Reyes wannabe. Pagan is an Endy Chavez with a bit more pop and will be in the opening day lineup with Moises Alou out. Pagan once stole 52 bases in Class A and could be a threat on the bags with the running Mets. Willie Randolph is a running manager who played in the steals era with Rickey Henderson. Reyes, of course, is the modern-day Rickey Henderson.

Own Pagan in all NL-only Rotisserie leagues at this point. I am even starting him in a 10-team Head-to-Head NL-only league with Jeremy Hermida on the DL and Cameron Maybin in the minors.

-- When the crowd started a Jose-Jose-Jose chant -- you know, the one on the video game commercials -- Oliver Perez waved them off and pointed to John Maine. Apparently, Perez has a similar opinion of the soon-to-be 27-year-old who doubles as a third-year starting pitcher. Maine displayed 20-win stuff in spring training and had that 15-K game on the penultimate day of last season. He is ready to take a huge step forward and could wind up in the top 10 of Fantasy starting pitchers by the end of the season. Look at what he did in the first half: 10-4 with a 2.71 ERA and .214 batting-average against. He is capable of that over significant stretches and could be ready to do it over a full season not that he is hitting his prime in Year 3.

-- A fan held up a sign during BP, noting the Jets and Mets won in 1969, the Giants and Mets won in '86 and the Giants won in 2008 and the Mets would win, too. Interesting coincidence for a New York fan.

-- Johan Santana, who will have to get used to hitting and is actually a pretty decent hitter, broke his bat on his first full batting-practice swing. He borrowed Reyes' bat and slapped a few would-be hits to right.

-- Marlins PR director Matt Roebuck was walking around retire Mr. Marlin Jeff Conine during the Mets BP. Conine finished last year with the Mets but signed a one-day contract last week to retire a Marlin.

-- Speaking of PR people, Mets PR man Jay Horowitz got into an elevated discussion with an over-bearing media member (no, not me) and needed to be held back from Luis Castillo before BP. David Wright and company were already out on the field and got a good chuckle out of the situation. Horowitz is a mellow guy who wouldn't have a harsh word for anyone, so the loose Mets were having a little fun with him.


Posted on: March 24, 2008 1:02 pm
Edited on: March 24, 2008 3:23 pm

Meet the Mets

FORT LAUDERDALE -- John Maine former struggling O's prospect vs. Adam Loewen current O's prospect looking to establish himself. The top three in the Mets lineup is opening day quality -- Jose B. Reyes, Luis Castillo and David Wright. Like always the O's have their No. 1 lineup going at home.

-- Jose Reyes and David Wright both look beefed up this spring. They are still growing. At their age, I guess I should not be surprised.

-- Castillo smacked a double to left center and then looked as if he hobbled into second. He really doesn't look like he is running that well. If you are counting on 20 steals from him at this point... forget it. He is coming off knee surgery, got a late start in camp and clearly doesn't look 100 percent. To top off his bad-kneed jaunt to second, he was picked off second on a Wright lineout to first.

Castillo was a guy who could be a 20-plus steals threat with the running Mets -- Willie Randolph is a manager from the 80s era that favored the steal -- but his legs have gotten old the past few years. And surgery looks like it didn't help any.

-- Reyes made a highlight-reel stab of a Brian Roberts grounder up the middle, spun and fired a pea to nail a speedy runner by three steps. That was impressive. Reyes has a cannon arm. He probably can throw in the mid-90s.

-- Maine blew away Nick Markakis to end a 1-2-3 first. Maine was a 15-game winner in his first full season. This year, 20 wins wouldn't be out of the question. Toss in 200 Ks, too. He could finish the year in the top 10 of Fantasy aces. Sign him up in the middle rounds.

-- OK, so Maine was outstanding all told today. A third-year starting pitcher who can compete on the level of anyone this season. He had 20-win stuff today, albeit against the lowly O's lineup.

-- Fernando Tatis walked past me before warming up. He is now no bigger than I. Hm. Strange. He used to be a lot bigger, I thought. He of the two grand slams in one innings -- poor Chan Ho Park. I guess we shouldn't feel bad for Park. The Rangers still paid him a bazillion dollars.

-- Ryan Church is here today. He of the 40-plus double in old RFK. He has always had a nice OPS bat and his doubles can become homers in Shea. He has always hit well there. He is a fairly big guy. Not as stocky/bulky as a David Wright... but his shoulders and stature are a bit bigger.

Church moves fairly well for a big guy ... better than what Castillo moved like on his double. But Church did ground into a DP in the second.

In the top of the third, Church sat down next to hitting coach Howard Johnson. They were having an inning-long conversation. HoJo is a good tutor for him. He knows a little bit about turning doubles into homers.


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