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.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.