By Mike Steffanos
Phillies 11 - Mets 4
I worked very late tonight, and was hoping for the opportunity to relax and enjoy a good ballgame. Needless to say, that didn't happen. El Duque was very bad tonight, and the Mets offense -- outside of Jose Reyes -- remains in the stupor they were in this weekend in Washington. You wonder if maybe two beatings like this in a row is enough to give everyone a wake-up call that the season isn't over yet.
Thoughts on the game
Orlando Hernandez has had some problems with slow starts, but this one was a non-start. He had to take a 4-inning beating because the Mets couldn't afford another fast exit by a starter after Pedro's injury yesterday. Under normal circumstances he's gone in the second or third inning at the latest.
I've been pretty happy with Hernandez overall. Still, there is the worry whether he can hold up for a full season at his age. He's already close to the 128 innings he pitched last year for Chicago. You wonder after a start like this where his velocity was down and he looked very vulnerable.
Not a good thing when we're still waiting for word on Pedro. At least Bannister had his first very good start at Norfolk, pitching 8 shutout innings. He might have a part to play in this season yet.
Milledge looks tight out there, and seems to be struggling with his confidence, both at the dish and in the field.
Seems that every time some clown starts going on about Jose being overrated, Reyes has a pretty convincing answer. Too bad he was playing alone tonight.
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