Mets fans can’t be pleased about this:
Omar Minaya referred to Livan Hernandez as “inventory” when the veteran pitcher signed on Feb. 14. Now, Hernandez is on the verge of claiming the No. 5 spot in the rotation, while team officials appear to be seriously weighing the release of pre-camp favorite Freddy Garcia.
Hernandez took a stranglehold on the fifth-starter’s role by limiting the Braves to one run on five hits while striking out three and walking none in a 58-pitch effort over five innings Wednesday. He ran his scoreless streak to eight innings before allowing an RBI single to Brandon Jones in the fifth in the Mets’ 7-4 loss.
Yeah, and he struckout 15 Braves in a playoff game in 1997. He had Eric Gregg then and has had the absence of the game’s best hitters to face him this spring. Neither mean that he’s someone a playoff contender wants in their rotation in 2009. If you don’t believe me, just ask Twins’ fans.
The guy has not been even average over the course of a season since 2005, and there’s no reason to believe that he will be this year. If this is the best the Mets can do, they’re going to have some trouble.