Maine woes: Location, location, location

Mets pitcher couldn't find strike zone with a map, but don't expect Perez-like demotion

Updated: May 16, 2010, 12:23 AM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

MIAMI -- A night after Oliver Perez pitched himself out of the New York Mets' rotation, right-hander John Maine stumbled, too.

Maine threw 12 straight balls to open his start Saturday night against the Florida Marlins. He tossed 40 pitches in a three-run first inning and the Mets ultimately lost 7-5 at Sun Life Stadium to slip under .500 for the first time since April 23.

"That was really shocking and surprising that he couldn't find it at that point," Mets manager Jerry ...

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