A great homestand can finish on an extraordinary note if John Maine can come though this afternoon against the Dodgers. The fans—and maybe the brass--will not tolerate another sub-par performance from Maine.

The Mets have won six straight and are 8-1 going into the game. The Dodgers are 3-7 in their last 10.

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Will Maine join this wild winning party or be a buzz kill? He is 0-1 with an 8.64 earned run average. The right hander’s last start ended in the fourth inning when he reported muscle spasms in his left elbow. That would be his glove hand. Maine took a beating on WFAN this morning when Boomer Esiason said the injury sounded ``fugazi,’’ which is colloquial for fake. Meanwhile, partner and big Mets fan Craig Carton was willing to bet $100 that Maine would go on the DL after the game.

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