John Kevin Maine graduated from North Staford High School (VA) in 1999, where he played baseball and basketball...Pitched for three years at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte...Named the Conference USA Pitcher of the Year as a sophomore in 2001...Participated in Citi Field's groundbreaking ceremony on November 13, 2006.
Limited lefthanded batters to a .159 (26-164) average, sixth best among all
qualifying pitchers...Was 3-1 with a 0.90 ERA (two earned runs/20.0 innings pitched) and held
opponents to a .147 batting average in day games...Held the Marlins to one hit and one
unearned run over 6.0 innings on
April 27th to pick up his first win of
the season...Walked a career-high six on May
4th in Atlanta...Walked five batters
three different times, last on July 18,
2008 at Cincinnati...Tossed 6.0 innings on May 9th vs.
Pittsburgh and allowed three hits
and one earned run to win his third
straight decision...Was 3-0 with a
2.00 ERA (four earned runs/18.0
innings pitched) during the streak,
and allowed just seven hits while
striking out 14...Set a career-high with two hits on
May 14th at San Francisco...Went 6.0 scoreless innings against
Florida on May 31st, beating the
Marlins 3-2...Improved to 5-1 with
a 2.36 ERA from April 27th-May
31st, a span of seven starts...He
threw 42.0 innings and allowed 29
hits, 13 runs, 11 earned, two home
runs, 23 walks and struck out 30 during
this stretch...Placed on the 15-Day Disabled List
with right shoulder weakness on
June 12th...Made one rehabilitation start with St.
Lucie (A) of the Florida State League,
throwing 4.0 shutout innings on
September 5th against Palm Beach
...Gave up two hits and struck out six...Activated from the 15-Day Disabled
List to make the start on September
13th in the first game of a doubleheader
at Philadelphia...Threw 57
pitches, 35 for strikes, over 3.0
innings and allowed two hits and
one run...Struck out two, walked
one and took the loss in the 5-4
defeat...Tied his season-high, allowing seven earned runs on September 26th at Florida...Tossed 5.0 shutout innings on September 20th vs. Washington to earn his first
win since May 31st...Pitched a season-best 7.0 innings and allowed just one run and five hits against
Houston in his last start on October 2nd, defeating the Astros, 7-1...It was his
longest outing since also going 7.0 innings on July 23, 2008 vs. Philadelphia...After returning from the 15-Day Disabled List on September 13th, he went
2-2 with a 4.12 ERA (nine earned runs/19.2 innings pitched)...The win on October 2nd was his sixth straight at home...That streak is the longest by a Mets pitcher since Sid
Fernandez also won six straight at home from May 8-August 10, 1990...During the stretch, Maine did not allow more than
one run and pitched to a 0.75 ERA (three earned runs/36.0 innings pitched).
Underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder on September 30th at New York's Hospital for Special Surgery...Mets
Medical Director Dr. David Altchek and Mets Team Physican Struan Coleman removed a Bennett lesion from the back of his
shoulder socket...Was placed on the 15-Day Disabled List on August 24th with a bone spur in his right shoulder...Activated on September
24th but did not appear in a game...Left his start on July 28th at Florida with a mild strain of his right rotator cuff...Was placed on the 15-Day Disabled List on
August 3rd, retroactive to July 29th...Pitched in a simulated game, throwing 61 pitches, on August 8th at Shea Stadium...Returned from the 15-Day Disabled List on August 13th at Washington...Tossed 5.0 shutout innings and allowed only one
hit while walking four and striking out six...Tied his career-high, allowing eight runs on August 23rd vs. Houston...Limited opponents to a .196 (41-209) batting average the first time through the batting order...Was 5-2 with a 4.76 ERA in 11 starts at Shea Stadium...In 64.1 innings of work, allowed 35 runs, 34 earned, on 55 hits, while
walking 28 and striking out 55...The opposition hit .231 against him at Shea...In five of these 11 starts, allowed two runs or less...Allowed two runs or less in seven straight starts from April 10th-May 13th...It was the longest streak of his career and the
longest by a Mets starting pitcher since Masato Yoshii did it in eight consecutive starts from August 13-September 30, 1999...On 0-2 counts, the opposition hit .093 (4-43)...Tossed 8.1 innings, the highest output for any Mets starting pitcher to that point, on May 7th at Los Angeles...Allowed only
one run, earned, on four hits while walking two and striking out four...It was Maine's longest outing since his 9.0 inning complete
game on July 21, 2006 against Houston...Did not allow a walk in the first game of the doubleheader vs. Texas on June 15th...It was the first start since July 29, 2007 vs.Washington,
in which the righthander did not allow a base on balls...In 81 career starts, he has not allowed a walk in nine contests...Left his start on July 5th at Philadelphia with cramping in his left forearm...Threw 5.2 innings, allowing only one hit which was
a three-run home run by Ryan Howard, but received a no-decision, leaving the game with the score tied, 3-3...Tossed 7.0 innings on July 23rd vs. Philadelphia...It was his second longest outing of the season...Was fourth in the National League with a .226 batting average against at the time of his last start.
Established career highs in wins, starts, innings pitched and strikeouts...Was tied for eighth in the National League in wins, sixth in strikeouts, tied for sixth with 8.5 strikeouts per nine innings, sixth in
opponents' batting average against (.235)...Hurled 7.2 no-hit innings on September 29th vs. Florida...Paul Hoover broke up the bid with an infield single to third...It was the
deepest into a game that a Mets pitcher has gone without surrendering a hit since Tom Glavine also went 7.2 innings on May 23,
2004 vs. Colorado...Combined with Willie Collazo and Carlos Muniz on a one-hit, 13-0 shutout over the Marlins in that game...The last nine inning onehitter
was hurled by Orlando Hernandez (5.1 innings), Roberto Hernandez (1.0 inning), Darren Oliver (0.2 innings) and Guillermo Mota
(1.0 inning) on September 3, 2006 at Houston...The Mets lost that game, 2-1...Aubrey Huff had a second inning single...Also struck out seven consecutive Marlins from the second inning to the fourth inning in that contest...The last Mets pitcher to
strikeout out seven consecutive batters was Al Leiter on August 23, 1998 vs. Arizona at Shea...Set a career-high with 14 strikeouts...
It was also the most by a Mets pitcher since Al Leiter fanned 15 batters on August 1, 1999 at Chicago...Suffered the loss in his start at Chicago on August 4th...Lasted just 2.2 innings, permitting four hits and six runs, earned with three
walks...It was his shortest outing as a starter since joining New York...Pitched 5.0 shutout innings on July 29th against the Nationals at Shea...The game was called after 5.0 innings due to rain with the
Mets winning, 5-0...Maine was credited with his second career complete game and his second career shutout...The first was on
July 21, 2006 vs. Houston at Shea in a 7-0 triumph...Cracked his first major league home run, a two run shot off Pittsburgh's Ian Snell, in the fourth inning of his start on July 24th against
the Pirates at Shea...Also collected a career-high two RBI in the game...The last Mets pitcher to hit a home run was Steve Trachsel
on June 20, 2006 against the Reds at Shea (off Elizardo Ramirez)...Went 10-4 with a 2.71 ERA (40 earned runs/81.0 innings) in the first half...Collected a victory in four straight starts from June 18th-July 5th for the second time this season...Permitted just six earned runs
over 30.0 innings (1.80 ERA) during that stretch...Also won four consecutive starts from April 18th-May 4th...Was selected as the National League Pitcher of the Month for April...Became the first Mets pitcher to win the award since Al Leiter
in June, 2000...Became the fifth Mets pitcher to lead the major leagues in ERA in April (1.35)...The others were Tom Glavine (1.64 in 2004), Rick
Reed (1.03 in 1997), Craig Swan (1.24 in 1978) and Jerry Koosman (1.06 in 1973)...Was 4-0 with a 1.35 ERA in his first five starts...Only three other Mets pitchers were undefeated with at least four wins and an ERA
that low through their first five starts of a season: Dwight Gooden, 1986 (4-0, 1.26), David Cone, 1988 (5-0, 0.72) and Frank Viola,
1990 (5-0, 0.99)...Held the Marlins hitless through the first 6.0 innings of his start on April 18th at Florida...Picked up the win, yielding two hits, two
runs, earned, with four walks and seven strikeouts over 7.0 innings of work...It was the Mets' longest no-hit bid since Pedro
Martinez lost a no-hitter with one out in the eighth inning on August 14, 2005 at Los Angeles (NL)...Made his first career Home Opening Day start on April 9th against the Phillies at Shea...Lasted 4.2 innings, permitting five hits, two
runs, earned, with six walks and four strikeouts...Did not factor in the decision as the Mets topped Philadelphia, 11-5...Collected the victory in his first start of the season on April 4th at St. Louis...Hurled 7.0 shutout innings, allowing one hit with two
walks and six strikeouts as the Mets defeated the Cardinals, 10-0.
Allowed three earned runs or fewer in 10 of his 14 starts...Held opponents to a .212 (69-326) batting average...Went 6-2 with a 2.93 ERA (27 earned runs/83.0 innings) and 55 strikeouts over his last 12 starts...The Mets were 10-2 in those starts...Tossed 26.0 consecutive scoreless innings, 25.0 as a starter, from July 15-Aug. 12...The streak was the longest by a Mets
pitcher this season, and fifth longest in the Majors...The Padres' Cla Meredith tossed 33.2 consecutive scoreless innings, the Angels'
John Lackey and Francisco Rodriguez each hurled 30.2 scoreless innings, and Arizona's Brandon Webb threw 30.0 scoreless innings...In addition, the streak was the longest by a Mets pitcher since Mark Guthrie's 27.0 straight shutout frames in 2002, and his 25.0 innings as a starter was the longest by a Mets starter since Al Leiter had a 25.1 scoreless inning streak in 1998...The streak established a franchise record by a rookie starter...Dwight Gooden held the previous record with 23.0 shutout frames in September 1984...In three starts from July 21-Aug. 6, Maine became the first rookie pitcher to not allow a run in three consecutive starts while throwing at least six innings in each outing since the Brewers' Cal Eldred in August 1992...Prior to Maine, the last National League rookie with three straight scoreless starts of at least six innings was Orel Hershiser, who threw three straight complete-game shutouts for the Dodgers in July 1984 (Hershiser had one relief appearance-on the Sunday before the All-Star break-during that streak)...The
Giants' Matt Cain made four straight starts of at least 6.0 innings without allowing a run from Aug. 27-Sept. 14...Hurled his first career shutout in his start on July 21 at Shea against Houston...Permitted four hits while walking one and striking out four as the Mets defeated the Astros, 7-0...The win was also Maine's first as a Met and his first victory since
Sept. 2, 2005 while with Baltimore, a 7-3 win over the Red Sox at Boston...The 9.0 innings was a career-high for Maine, whose previous high was 6.1 innings on Sept. 13, 2005, with Baltimore at
Texas...It also tied a season-high by a Mets starting pitcher...Orlando Hernandez pitched 9.0 innings on June 8 at Arizona, Alay Soler tossed 9.0 innings on June 10 at Arizona and Oliver Perez threw 9.0 innings on Sept. 6 against the Braves...Was the second of three Mets pitchers to hurl a shutout this season...Alay Soler pitched a two-hit shutout at Arizona in a 5-0 victory on June 10, and Oliver Perez tossed a shutout in a 8-0 win on Sept. 6 (Game Two)...Also became the fifth of seven rookie pitchers to throw a shutout this season...The others were Soler, Matt Cain, Justin Verlander, Taylor Buchholz, Jeremy Sowers,
Rich Hill and Anibal Sanchez...Maine and Soler became the first pair of Mets rookies to pitch a shutout in the same season since 1984 when Dwight Gooden had three and Ron Darling hurled two shutouts...Started the first game of a doubleheader on July 8 at Shea against the Marlins' Josh Johnson...The doubleheader featured
rookie starting pitchers in both games for the Mets and Marlins...The last time each team started a rookie pitcher in both games of a doubleheader, regular or day/night, was Toronto at Milwaukee on Aug. 7, 1977...The Blue Jays' Jerry Garvin faced the Brewers' Lary Sorensen in the first game and Toronto's Jim Clancy started against Milwaukee's Moose Haas in the second game...The Brewers swept the doubleheader by scores of 6-2 and 7-5...The only previous doubleheader in Mets history where all four starters were rookies was on Sept. 28, 1976 vs. Montreal at Shea...New York started Nino Espinosa and Bob Myrick against the Expos' Joe Keener and Gerald Hannahs...The Mets won the first game, 5-4, while the Expos won game two,4-2...The last time the Mets started two rookies in a doubleheader was on Sept. 27, 1995 when Robert Person and Reid Cornelius started a doubleheader against Cincinnati...The last time it occurred without expanded September rosters was June 7, 1987 against the Pirates at Shea, when John Mitchell and Tom Edens were the rookie starters...Placed on the 15-Day Disabled List on May 6 after one start with inflammation in his right middle finger...Was reinstated from
the Disabled List and optioned to Norfolk on June 12th..Went 2-2 with a 4.13 ERA (15 earned runs/32.2 innings) at Norfolk after being reinstated from the DL...Was recalled for a second
time on July 3...Made his Mets debut in the start on May 2 at Washington...Suffered the loss, allowing six hits, four runs, earned, with two walks and six strikeouts over 5.1 innings of work...Began the season with Norfolk (AAA) of the International League, going 1-3 with a 2.63 ERA (seven earned runs/24.0 innings) in four starts before being recalled on May 2...Appeared in two games, working 2.2 innings during Major League Baseball's All-Star Tour in Japan in October.
POSTSEASON: Became the seventh rookie pitcher to start for a team that trailed, three games to two, in a best of seven postseason series when he started Game Six of the NLCS vs. St. Louis...Fired 5.1 shutout innings with five strikeouts to pick up the win in New York's 4-2 victory in that contest...All seven Game Six rookie starters were victorious forcing a decisive seventh game...The other rookie starters were: Jeff Tesreau (1912 Giants), Paul Dean (1934 Cardinals), Gary Waslewski (1967 Red Sox), John Stuper (1982 Cardinals), Les Straker (1987 Twins) and Tim Wakefield (1992 Pirates)...Wakefield's appearance was in the NLCS; the others were all in the World Series...Had a no-decision in his first playoff start in Game One of the NLDS vs. the Dodgers...Hurled 4.1 innings, yielded six hits, one run, earned with two walks and five strikeouts...Became only the second rookie Mets pitcher to start a postseason game, joining Gary Gentry, who made two playoff starts for the 1969 Mets.
Recalled from Ottawa (AAA) of the International League on August 13th...Earned his first major league win that night, pitching 5.0
scoreless innings in a 1-0 victory vs. Toronto... With his victory on August 13th, he became the second major league pitcher in a five-day span to earn his first career victory by a
1-0 score...Seattle's Felix Hernandez did so on August 9th...Only three other active pitchers earned their first major league win in
a 1-0 game (Baltimore's Daniel Cabrera in 2004, Montreal's Tony Armas in 2002, and Minnesota's Joe Mays in 1999)...Made eight starts and two appearances in relief for Baltimore...Allowed three runs or fewer in his first seven appearances,
constructing a 3.27 ERA and holding opponents to a .186 (22-118) batting average...Had his longest career outing on September 13th at Texas, allowing two runs in 6.1 innings...Left the game with a 3-2 lead, but
received a no-decision, as the Rangers tied the game in the eighth inning before Baltimore won in the ninth...Was tied for second in the International League in strikeouts at the time of his recall...Has held opponents to a .226 batting average in four minor league seasons.
His contract was purchased from Ottawa (AAA) of the International League on July 23rd...Made his major league debut on July 23rd with a start vs. Minnesota...Allowed four runs in 3.2 innings and took the loss.
Won the Jim Palmer Prize as the Orioles' Minor League Pitcher of the Year...Named the Orioles' second best prospect by Baseball America
...Named the fifth-best righthanded pitcher in the minor leagues by SportsTicker...Led all minor leaguers with 185 strikeouts and a .177 opponents' average...Walked two batters or fewer in 13 of his 14 starts at Delmarva (A) of the South Atlantic League...Started the SAL All-Star game on June 24th and retired all six batters he faced, striking out three...Appeared for the United States team in the All-Star Futures Game at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, retiring both batters he faced...Pitched a 7.0 inning no-hitter for Frederick (A) of the Carolina League in the second game of a doubleheader on July 3rd at Winston-Salem in a 3-0 victory.