Although they did not get official word until they took batting practice, the Mets knew hours earlier that Yunesky Maya had a good chance to replace Jason Marquis as Nats starting pitcher on Saturday night.
Lucas Duda and Mike Nickeas, who had seen Maya recently in Triple-A, offered some extra insights -- although Maya also had faced the Mets twice as a starting pitcher last season.
Maya then held the Mets scoreless for 5 1/3 innings. He actually suffered a strained oblique late in the outing, on the basepaths, and should land on the disabled list.
“Maya just threw a pretty good game. He was very aggressive,” Jason Bay said. “I had never faced him before. I think some other guys had. We had some reports just saying sometimes he nibbled a little bit with his breaking stuff. And the first couple of innings he came out attacking guys. And I don’t think we were ready for that. By about the time we adjusted, they got him out of there.”
Josh Thole and Bay both downplayed short notice having a role in Maya’s success.
“We had kind of known it was a possibility,” Bay said. “It wasn’t like last-minute. … They said, ‘Hey, maybe, they flew this guy in.’ I think we were prepared. I think he just pitched a pretty good game.”
Said Thole: “We had a pretty good inkling it was going to be Maya today anyway once we got to the ballpark.”