Saturday, July 30, 2011
Mets downplay Maya switch as factor
By Adam Rubin
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.”