If you expected Orlando Hernandez to pitch today they way he did when he was with the Yankees, you were out of luck.
Think about it: If he were the same pitcher, why would have bounced around the past couple of years?
Hernandez, the 10th pitcher to start for the Mets this season, gave up three runs on five hits in five innings in this afternoon’s 7-3 victory at Florida. It’s not a great line, but manager Willie Randolph said he’d take it every time. He will because the Mets have the offense to compensate.
“No doubt about it,” Randolph said. “He keeps you in the game.”
The Mets traded for Hernandez last week _ giving up ineffective reliever Jorge Julio _ because they weren’t satisfied with the options of Jose Lima and Jeremi Gonzalez.
Nobody knows for sure if Hernandez will be the answer, but at least he’s less of a question than Lima or Gonzalez.
The Mets had to make this trade and have to run with Hernandez. They have to find out who they have now to patch their rotation before being put in position to give up on prospects at the July 31 trade deadline.