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Dark Horse Cy Young Candidate
Posted by David Martorano at 3/20/2008 6:45:00 PM
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I have four teams and they all currently have John Maine on them. He always seems to be available around rounds 11-14 and in my opinion, this is tremendous value. He's an enormously talented pitcher who started late to fully develop. For this reason (more than anything else) it seems that he lasts longer than he should. People seem skeptical of late bloomers.

Maine impressed me with his performance on the second to last day of last season. The Mets needed a victory and he was lights out. Shea is pitcher friendly and the Mets offense has the potential to have a positive influence on their starters. In addition, his occupation of the number 3 spot in the rotation is a friendly scenario for a late bloomer type like Maine. Lastly, he has been dominant this spring.

I expect Maine to surprise people and have a big time year.


I like him quite a bit as well. His teammate Oliver Perez is another one.
Posted by vtadave at 3/20/2008 8:44:00 PM
I agree with the conclusion here, but some of these reasons (the late "lights out" start in 2007; the fact that Maine is the No. 3 guy and a late bloomer) sound like pretzel logic.

Still, I'm a Maine man, too - including in the Yahoo F&F League. Last year I got him in Tout for $7 - I wish I could count on that again.
Posted by spianow at 3/20/2008 10:22:00 PM
TY for not trying to convince us the Jets are going to win the Super Bowl next year.
Posted by kevinccp at 3/20/2008 11:50:00 PM
David, you really love your home state's sports teams, don't you?
Posted by skrones at 3/21/2008 2:29:00 AM
He is the best pitcher with a state for a last name that I have ever seen.
Posted by bwitt at 3/21/2008 7:18:00 AM
I hope it's that you haven't been to Washington; not that you're dissing Claudell.
Posted by Jason Thornbury at 3/21/2008 8:08:00 AM
Wasn't he a hitter?
Posted by bwitt at 3/21/2008 9:07:00 AM
Is there some statistical correlation between a team's offense and its effect on starting pitchers' performance in categories that are not otherwise team dependent? Obviously a pitcher with a better offense gets more wins, and anecdotally he might be more "relaxed" (I sound like Tim McCarver) but there's no facts in this post that seem to support that conclusion.
Posted by MattM777 at 3/21/2008 1:01:00 PM
This is an article??? At least put some numbers in here, maybe something to back up your claim. Scotts right with that pretzel logic. One performance? Late bloomer? And this might be the most boring line I've ever read: "I expect Maine to surprise people and have a big time year."

Really??? Wow!
Posted by foxymophandlpapa at 3/21/2008 5:56:00 PM
That's true of Claudell, but I couldn't think of a pitcher right off hand.
Posted by Jason Thornbury at 3/21/2008 6:33:00 PM
"He is the best pitcher with a state for a last name that I have ever seen."

You've obviously never seen the horrible Albert Brooks/Brendan Fraser movie THE SCOUT. I believe Fraser's character was named Steve Nebraska, and he pitched a perfect game in the World Series in the first start of his career.

[p.s. I like Maine this year too.]
Posted by kennruby at 3/21/2008 9:17:00 PM
I have four teams and they all currently have John Maine on them.

I agree! I have four teams and they all have Rich Hill on them! He's a Dark Horse Cy Young candidate too!
Posted by Chicago Illinois at 3/21/2008 9:41:00 PM
I dont understand stat junkies. Disregard my advice if you like. Maine is a great pitcher, hes undervalued big time nad he likes tom hanks movies.
Posted by djm1144 at 3/21/2008 11:08:00 PM
Kenn - My memory could very well be wrong here, but didn't Brendan Fraser aka Steve Nebraska also record 27 strikeouts during that perfect game? I think he may have also got a key base hit as well.
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 3/21/2008 11:48:00 PM
Yeah, and he struck out Ozzie Smith to win the game. I seem to also recall Bob Costas saying that Ozzie showed surprising power in the postseason that year, hitting something like five home runs. Now I know it's fiction.
Posted by kennruby at 3/22/2008 8:28:00 AM
I like Maine a lot too. Especially his high strikeout numbers. On a fantasy note, his WHIP is a bit high, but might go down as his career progresses.
My dark horse Cy Young candidates are Rich Hill and Eric Bedard.

Posted by rrduncan at 3/24/2008 8:55:00 PM

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