By Mike Steffanos
Dodgers 5 - Mets 3
Played Monday, June 11, 2007
The game seemed to offer the promise of some Mets offense when they scored a pair of runs off Randy Wolf in the first inning without the benefit of a home run. Unfortunately, the only run they were able to convert the rest of the way came on a fluky 2-out bloop hit by Carlos Gomez. Although Wolf really didn't pitch that well (9 hits in 6 innings), he didn't have to. The way the offense is going right now, if you give Mets hitters the chance to get themselves out they will.
Sadly for Hernandez, his control was off all day and the 3 runs the Mets produced for him weren't enough. He never seemed to have control of his breaking pitches, and his defense wasn't particularly sharp behind him. In the end, I thought he did a pretty good job battling through with what little he had, but in these arid offensive days with the Mets only top performances seem to give a starter a chance for a win.
|Orlando Hernandez (Last 5 Starts)|
|Season (9 Games)||56.2||17||15||36||39||21||5||2.38||1.01||5-4|
The Mets did absolutely nothing in the last 3 innings against the Dodgers bullpen, making this writer feel very much like he stayed up late for nothing. When I was watching the eighth inning of a close game wishing I had gone to bed, I had a flashback to the 2004 team, and even the 2005 team who seemed to have their share of power outages like this past week. Certainly neither of those teams had the personnel this one has, but it doesn't matter what the names are if they aren't producing. They gave a stat during last night's game that Carlos Delgado was something like 9 for his last 55 at bats in RBI situations. That's a sparkling .111 mark, and he's not the only one struggling like that.
Frankly, I think it's time to take a shot at putting Lo Duca in the 2-hole again. He hasn't been producing in the RBI slots, and this team needs a shakeup. I'd rather see Shawn Green in a RBI slot than hitting second right now.
This thing will play out, because they're better than this. You hope the lack of clutch hitting will be balanced out down the road with some good production. In the meantime, it just hurts to watch some of these games. But I'll be there again tonight, hoping the real Mets decide to show up.