Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Mets starters starting slowly

Yesterday, I watched the last four innings of the Mets/Orioles game and wasn't impressed by the Mets players I saw. Sure, Evans hit a grand slam, but his lone at bat lasted just one pitch. Not much time to form an impression.

None of the pitchers impressed me. And at least one didn't impress the Mets management: Duaner Sanchez. Today, they cut him from the roster. It appeared to be a cost-saving move. The Mets have now become cheap.

Today, one of their prime starting pitchers, John Maine, pitched three innings, giving up five earned runs, including two homers, on five hits and two walks. With Maine pitching poorly — his Spring ERA is now 10.80 — Santana recovering from an injury, Pelfrey hobbled by an injury, and Perez playing baseball for Mexico's WBC team, the Mets starters haven't shown much this Spring. And I'm not even going to bother discussing the fifth spot, which none of its competitors seem to want to claim.

On the plus side, not one of the six pitchers who followed Maine today gave up a run with the last one, Eddie Kunz, pitching two innings of shutout ball.

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