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Open Thread - Game 73: Mets vs. Athletics (06/24/2007) on CW11

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Source: mlb.com

Tale of the tape:

Maine Kennedy
ERA 2.90 3.62
FIP 4.20 5.16
K/9 7.45 3.50
BB/9 3.93 3.95
K/BB 1.89 0.89
HR/9 0.93 0.90
WHIP 1.24 1.42
GB/FB 0.82 1.43
BABIP .260 .265
eBABIP .305 .263

Que se dillio:

John Maine has allowed two runs or less in four of his last five starts and his strikeout-to-walk ratio is 15-to-4 over that span. Marc Normandin likes him a lot, and we'll have a Q&A with him sometime this week to get his thoughts.

Meanwhile, Joe Kennedy has miserable peripherals so far this year, and his 3.62 ERA is likely due for some serious regression. When you walk more batters than you strike out your chances of being successful over a large enough sample are practically nil. Maine and Kennedy have walked batters at the same rate this year, but Maine has struck them out better than twice as often.

After a coming out party on Friday, the Mets' bats were stymied last night by woulda-coulda-been Met Joe Blanton. They won both games anyway, and look for the series sweep this afternoon.

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