That's what I expect from the newest number three starter, and there is no reason why it shouldn't come to pass.
You see, when John Maine was first acquired in the Benson for Julio trade, I-among many- overlooked what this kid might become. I was enamored with the trade that gave the Mets Jorge Julio, but I really didn't give much thought to "the other guy" in the trade.
Perhaps it was due to the pitchers the Mets already had lined up in the system, such as Pelfrey, Humber, and Bannister..etc... Perhaps it was because the hurt from the uneven amount of drama-to-baseball ratio in Kris+Anna Benson was finally on the mend, but I don't think anyone could have expected the truly amazing experiences that John Maine would soon provide in 2006.
I labeled him a right handed Eric Milton, and for a reason. Early on, he had the propensity to give up the long ball. The good thing is that he also racked up the strike outs. He also showed no fear on the mound, and most importantly, he took well to the coaching of Rick Peterson and continued to improve with every inning he was given. For a coach, that is the tell-tale sign of a player worth your time.
After a strong introductory 2006 season, John Maine now steps through the pack as he tries to regain the dignity the Mets lost in game seven of the NLCS with a sweep tonight over the defending World Series Champions, the St.Louis Cardinals.
Here's hoping that, against these Cards, he plays 27 pick-up.