Mets Card of the Week: 2007 John Maine/Philip Humber


Once upon a time (the summer of 2007, to be precise), I pulled this card and I was happy.

The Mets were in first place that July, and seemed well-equipped to remain there throughout the year. John Maine was a solid presence on the mound, and would go on to win 15 games. Phil Humber went into the season a ranked prospect, with a live fastball and a plus curve.

This card had such promise, that season had such promise…

But then of course, the team went into a disequilibrating spiral, and a seven-game lead on September 12 turned into a second-place finish.

Maine would never be the same, and spent three more injury-plagued campaigns with the club, to ever-diminishing returns. He has pitched in four games with the Marlins this year, and his ERA though 7.1 innings would be a favorable stock price.

Humber gave the Mets a total of nine big-league innings over the course of two seasons, before being sent to Minnesota as part of the package that brought Johan Santana to New York. He tossed a perfect game for the White Sox in 2012, but still managed to go 5-5 with a 6.44 ERA. This year has been an unredeemed disaster: an 0-8 start and an FM-radio ERA (9.59) earned him a trip down to Oklahoma City last month.

And this card has lost any place of prominence it once had in my collection, sitting in a penny sleeve in a box full of commons, a sad ode to promises unkept…

3 comments for “Mets Card of the Week: 2007 John Maine/Philip Humber

  1. May 29, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Aaah, the 2004 Draft:

    Pick #2 – Justin Verlander
    Pick #3 – Philip Humber

    That was the year Jered Weaver fell to #12 because of signability concerns. Three pitchers from Rice University went in the top eight picks – Humber, Jeff Niemann (4) and Wade Townsend (8). All three should be in their prime now but I don’t think any of them are pitching in the majors currently.

  2. NormE
    May 29, 2013 at 11:12 am

    “Disequilibrating?” Wow, that threw my morning out of whack. Good word!

  3. May 29, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    I remember as a kid thinking that John Maine could be an all star…to be eight again…

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