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5/8/1981 (35 y, 9 m, 15 d)
2002 June Amateur Draft - Round: 6, Pick: 4, Overall: 166, Team: Baltimore Orioles
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Maine has been outrighted to Triple-A New Orleans, MiLB.com reports. (4/23/2013)
John Maine, "Habitual Liar" About Health, May Reti»
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Year in Review:
Following the 2008 season, doctors removed a giant bone spur from Maine’s shoulder. After a rough start, he appeared to be rounding into shape. He had a seven-game stretch in which he posted a 5-1 record with a 2.36 ERA. He was ineffective in his first June outing and then Maine spent the next three-plus months on the disabled list with shoulder weakness. He came back to make four starts at the end of the season and pitched well in three of them, including his final game of the year when he fanned seven batters in seven innings. For the year, Maine had a 6.09 K/9 ratio, down from two years previously when it was 8.48 and he won 15 games. Perhaps due to throwing fewer sliders, Maine did not get as many swings outside the strike zone. Last year he threw his slider 15.9% of the time and had an O-Swing% of 19.6%. In 2007, those numbers were 21.4% and 24.5%, respectively.
The Year Ahead:
When he returned in September, Maine threw his slider nearly 20% of the time. He got a swing and a miss on 14.3% of his sliders, more than double his whiff rate on any other pitch. Maine also had a 3.25 K/BB rate over those final 19.2 innings pitched. The big question in projecting Maine is determining if he can stay healthy. After throwing a career-high 191 innings in 2007, Maine has totaled 229.1 innings over his next two injury-plagued seasons. In 2007, Maine showed what he could do when healthy and throwing all of his pitches. His September performance was an encouraging sign but can he do it for six months? If so, a 15-win season with 200 strikeouts is within reach. But Maine has made 30 starts just once in the majors and expecting him to do it in 2010 is just wishful thinking. (Brian Joura)
Following a breakout 2007 campaign with the Mets that featured a 3.91 ERA (4.18 FIP) with 8.48 K/9 and 15 wins in 191 innings (32 starts), a then 26-year-old John Maine looked ready to a rise into the upper echelon of fantasy starters. And then he started to get hurt. In 2008 it was a shoulder strain and surgery to remove bone chips that limited him to 140 IP and a 4.18 ERA (4.40 FIP). In 2009 it was a prolonged bout with shoulder weakness that resulted in 4.43 ERA (4.57 FIP) in just 81.1 IP. Last year it was surgery to repair a debridement in his throwing shoulder, an ailment that kept him off the mound for all but 39.2 IP (6.13 ERA, 5.78 FIP). No one knows what to expect out of the soon-to-be 30-year-old Maine following his non-tender, but the smart money is on nothing. Even in the deepest of deep leagues, let him show he's capable of simply walking out to the mound and throwing a pitch in a game before even considering giving him one of your precious few roster spots. (Mike Axisa)
The Quick Opinion:
Major shoulder injuries have derailed Maine's once promising career, and now he's a guy that you simply monitor in the box scores from time to time to see if he's resurfaced. Chances are, he won't, at least not in a fantasy relevant way.
The last time John Maine logged over 50 innings, it was 2010. He has since been a part of four different organizations and has been a free agent since April 2013. Chad Billingsley, a pitcher, hit a perfect three-for-three lifetime against Maine with a 2.500 OPS. Are you still reading this? Move along. (David Temple)
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