Less than a month ago, the Nats were largely humiliated by a guy making his big league debut. Hopefully, the Nats will only be marginally humiliated by a fellow making his Mets debut, John Maine.
I followed Maine, a Fredericksburg native, a bit back when he was a farmhand for the Orioles. Two years ago, Maine was Baltimore's No. 6 prospect, as rated by Baseball America. This winter, prior to Maine's trade to the Mets (along with Jorge Julio, for Kris
and Anna and Anna Benson), his ranking had dropped to No. 16.
. . . According to Will Lingo from Baseball America, he is not sure if Maine 'has enough stuff to get big league hitters out as a starter, but should at least be a useful bullpen arm'.
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Marlon Byrd has been red-hot of late, and MLB.com reports that he has been inserted into the leadoff spot, in part an effort to give Alfonso Soriano more opportunities to drive in runs. Byrd, of course, is manning center field full-time while Ryan Church recovers from the flu virus that should be afflicting Bud Selig.
As I write this, Byrd has doubled and scored on Marlon Anderson's double. That'll play.