Options For the Mets Are That They Have No Options

August 18, 2009

For the Mets, placing third baseman David Wright on the 15-day disabled list with a concussion could be viewed as a no-brainer. Deciding on whether or not to grant right-hander Livan Hernandez another start is something altogether different. After witnessing another disappointing outing last night against the San Francisco Giants, the Mets may want to think about it, again. On the bright side, Hernandez did manage to pitch into the fifth inning. But ultimately he surrendered eleven hits that led to six runs and ended up picking up his third straight loss.

In Livan’s last outing on August 11th against Arizona he allowed five runs on seven hits in just four innings. With that performance, Mets manager Jerry Manuel felt perhaps that Hernandez’ tenure with the Mets may have run its course. Manuel slept on it and arose from his slumber opting to give the veteran right-hander another chance. That next chance was last night. Funny thing is that this time around Manuel didn’t need extra time to think things through. Without any hesitation, he confirmed that Hernandez would take his turn in the rotation for the time being. And who could blame him? With Tim Redding giving up three runs in one inning of relief last night and Nelson Figueroa following suit, there aren’t that many options for this beleaguered skipper to consider.

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