Maine doing extra bullpen work to get command back
John Maine added a second bullpen session to his between-starts routine this week, the second straight week he's done so in an attempt to get his pitching mechanics back to where they were before this season.
He obviously has the blessing of the Mets' coaching staff to do the extra work, but Maine, who starts Friday night in the first of a three-game series with the Braves at Citi Field, said his arm wasn't at full strength during his 115-pitch, five-inning outing in St. Louis on Sunday.
"I threw less this week than the time before," Maine said. "You want to get your work in but you don't want to burn yourself out. I felt OK against St. Louis. I knew I threw a lot that week, but I knew what I was doing. My arm strength maybe wasn't 100 percent."
Maine threw his usual bullpen session Tuesday, then had another Wednesday. Jerry Manuel said the second one didn't involve much mound work. "It's more touch and feel," he said. "You're working more on fundamentals and mechanics."
The mechanics are key for Maine, who believed he had better command of his fastball in St. Louis despite the high pitch count over a short span. "I just want to get back to how I was the first four years, keeping the team in the game," he said. "It's not necessarily seven shutout innings, but it's not three innings and eight runs, either.''
David Wright's sixth-inning double gave him 225 for his career, tying him with Ed Kranepool for first on the Mets' all-time list. Kranepool needed 1,853 games to reach his doubles mark; Wright did it in 863 games . . . Santana had his scoreless-innings streak snapped at 151/3 . . . Jason Bay is 3-for-18 (.167) with runners in scoring position.