Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Maine's 'double disaster'
By Mark Simon
Rob Neyer and I each wrote brief pieces on ESPN.com categorizing Dontrelle Willis' start for the Tigers on Tuesday.
Rob referred to any start in which a pitcher allowed more runs than innings pitched as a "Disaster Start." I referred to any start of five innings or fewer, with 100+ pitches as an "Exasperator."
John Maine, who has a pretty frustrating history when it comes to "Exasperators" (he ranks among the major league leaders since 2007), had a big-time "Disaster Start" Tuesday night. We might even call it a "Double Disaster" since Maine allowed more than twice as many runs as he had innings pitched.
This was only the second "Double Disaster" of Maine's career, the first since a 2007 start against the Cubs. For some perspective, Oliver Perez (another on the "Exasperator" list) has five. Mets announcer Ron Darling had eight. Original Met Al Jackson's franchise "record" of 14 (found via Baseball-Reference.com) is seemingly safe.
Tuesday marked the 350th "Double Disaster" in Mets history. They are 36-314 all-time when their starting pitcher allows more than twice as many runs as innings pitched in a start.
David Wright homered and walked twice Tuesday, not surprising considering his past Coors Field success. Wright's still a pair of doubles shy of Ed Kranepool's career record, but did reach one mark in this game.
With 10 walks in seven games, Wright matched the walk totals of Rickey Henderson (1999) and Vince Coleman (1991) for the most through seven games in Mets history.
Wright's 1.215 OPS currently ranks 10th in the National League. By contrast, the Mets No. 4 hitters currently have a .437 OPS. (29th in the majors, ahead of only the Astros). Jason Bay drove in the Mets first run of the season from the cleanup spot on Tuesday.