By Mike Steffanos
Yankees 8 - Mets 2
Played Sunday, June 17, 2007
I hesitated to write about this game today, tired of writing the same things over and over as the June swoon deepens. El Duque had a bad one, but the Mets had another one of those games offensively where the starter is in hot water if he gives up a run or two. This game almost felt like it was over when they were down 5-0 after 3. When it really was over, the Mets had dropped their fifth straight series.
|Orlando Hernandez (Last 5 Starts)|
|Season (10 Games)||61.1||23||21||43||45||22||7||3.08||1.06||5-5|
In thinking about the almost shocking fall of this team this month, I wonder if their current struggles might be somewhat of a blessing in disguise. They were winning behind great pitching early in the season, but their offense tended to come in big innings and off of home runs. As banged up as they are right now, they simply should be able to scratch out a more than a run or two a game, yet yesterday was the tenth time this month they managed 2 runs or less offensively. I'm flashing back to the Mets clubs of the early 70s, only we're not running Seaver and Koosman out there every fourth day.
If they can keep from burying themselves during this free fall they might actually find the toughness as a team that's been lacking this season. We might be able to look back on this stretch and identify it as a key point of the season. God knows we deserve some compensation for sitting through all of these ugly, lifeless performances.