Game 79: Loss
Yankees 2 Mets 0
The Mets finally lost three games in a row … so what the heck, why not make it four!
And they lost in grand fashion, managing one lousy hit against five Yankee pitchers. The only hit was a single by Endy Chavez, who promptly was picked off first only moments later. The Mets managed one other baserunner — Jose Valentin on a walk — but he, also, was quickly erased on a steal attempt.
The Mets’ ineptness at the plate wasted an excellent performance by Orlando Hernandez, who pitched seven strong innings. El Duque allowed only two runs on seven hits and a walk.
One must wonder why the Mets hitters continually do poorly against pitchers they’ve never seen before. Clearly there must be an issue either with the advance scouting or the pregame preparation. You could dismiss games like this as blips on the radar if it didn’t happen so consistently, and if the hitters didn’t look so completely awful. This has been a thorn in the Mets’ side going back at least 2-3 years, which makes you wonder how/why the issue has been addressed.