If so, then why isn’t he playing every day?
Several times I laid out a format where he could play at least four games a week – playing one game at each infield position – which Collins has no interest in trying. If not this, then at least start him over Jose Reyes, whose time with the Mets should be nearing an end after their 2-1 loss today to the Brewers.
Flores homered leading off the eighth today, after a blistering May in which he hit .379, third best in the Major Leagues. He started 14 games for the month and had nine multi-hit games.
“I’m seeing the pitches and getting good swings,” Flores said.
Conversely, Reyes has only eight multi-hit games all season. He’s currently on a 0-for-15 slide, and is hitting .193 with a .266 on-base percentage.
It’s clear Reyes isn’t giving the Mets anything, while Flores has provided some punch whenever he gets a chance.
With the Mets six games under .500 and fading, what do they have to lose?
WHEELER START WASTED: Zack Wheeler gave up 10 hits with two walks in 6.1 innings, throwing 102 pitches. However, three double-plays (4-5-6) gave him the opportunity to pitch into the seventh.
“He really did pitch good,” Collins said. “He got out of some jams. He’s back. He’s fine as we continue on.”
I love how Wheeler works out of trouble, but I’m not wild about his high pitch counts, especially since he’s on an innings count.
“All I can ask is for me being healthy,” Wheeler told reporters of his expectations.
His innings limit has been reported at 110, and he’s currently at 55.2.
EXTRA INNINGS: The loss dropped the Mets ten games behind the Nationals. … Fernando Salas did a solid job in relief of Jerry Blevins with five strikeouts in two innings. … Collins was ejected for arguing an interference call of when a ball boy got in the way of Flores’ attempt to catch a foul ball. Initially, the call was ruled an out, but was overturned (correctly so).
Harvey is coming off a 7-2 victory in Pittsburgh, May 28, in which he gave up one run in six innings with only two walks in a 102-pitch effort.
In 46 career starts at Citi Field, Harvey is 16-13 with a 2.73 ERA. He is 1-1 with a 4.30 ERA in four career starts against the Pirates.