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Future Starts Tonight With Chris Flexen

While many Mets fans wanted Amed Rosario or Dominic Smith to be the first major call-up of the 2017 season, with Zack Wheeler‘s potentially season ending injury, that honor is going to go to Mets right-handed pitcher Chris Flexen.

Heading into the 2017 season, Flexen was added to the 40 man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft, and Mets Minors rated him the Mets 20th best prospect.  As noted in the prospect analysis, Flexen had all the tools to be a good starting pitcher.  His fastball is the mid to upper 90s.  His curveball was a devastating out pitch.  What was holding him back was the refinement of his change-up, and his delivery.

With his working with both Marc Valdes in St. Lucie and Glenn Abbott in Binghamton, he has largely address those issues.  The results have been astounding.

In 10 starts this year, Flexen is 6-1 with two complete games, a 1.76 ERA, 0.815 WHIP, and a 9.2 K/9.  For a pitcher that spent much of his professional career struggling with control he has dropped his BB/9 from 3.4 last year to 1.5 this year.  Opposing batters are hitting just .183/.217/.260 against him.  Put simply, Flexen has been a dominant starting pitcher this year who has certainly earned a call to the major leagues.

When he toes the rubber on a major league mound for the first time tonight, Flexen brings not just his big right arm, but he also brings hope in what has been an otherwise dismal 2018 season.

He brings the hope Matt Harvey did when he went from a start in 2012 to starting the 2013 All Star Game.  He brings the hope we saw when Jacob deGrom took an unexpected opportunity and became the 2014 National League Rookie of the Year.  Noah Syndergaard and his 100 MPH gave you hope the 2015 Mets could win a World Series, and he did his part being the only Mets pitcher to win a World Series Game at Citi Field.  We also had hope that hot June afternoon when Steven Matz and his grandfather become beloved figures.

All four of these pitchers turned that hope into a National League Pennant in 2015.  It has been a rough road since, but the Mets are not far away from returning to that point.  Seeing Flexen toe the rubber tonight, we can once again have hope and dream the Mets can return to the World Series.

Flexen has a big arm, and he has been dominating the minor leagues.  He is joining a pitching staff who very well know what it is like to dominate hitters.  He’s joining a pitching staff that wants to get back to that point.  If he pitches well enough tonight and for the rest of the season, he may very well be a member of that rotation in 2018.

That’s what Flexen’s start tonight is.  It’s hope.  Hope that the 2017 season was just a one year blip.  Hope the Mets have another big arm who can complete the rotation.  Hope the Mets can win the World Series as soon as next year.

0 thoughts on “Future Starts Tonight With Chris Flexen”

  1. Gothamist says:

    Good post!
    You have been a fan for a while.

    Hey, did they look to sign him @$6.5 if they did Dump Bruce in December and Fred and Jeff Coupon not need $30-40m to buy that eSports franchise:

    I know his HR rate would not normally excite Sandy, his age, but look at the two prospects Col gave up

    Pat Neshek Stats | Baseball-Reference.com

    https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/n/neshepa01.shtml

    July 26, 2017: Traded by the Philadelphia Phillies to the Colorado Rockies for Jose Gomez (minors), J.D. Hammer(minors) and Alejandro Requena (minors).

    1. metsdaddy says:

      I think Reed is worth much more than what the Rockies gave the Phillies for Neshek

      1. Gothamist says:

        Agreed …. younger to boot if they want the trial to ease into a deal.

        Reed wants to stay thus two bad outings?

        Reed looks very sincere and grounded.
        Expresses his feelings openly.
        Like wiping brow with an expression of sheer relief as he approaches and shakes hands w the catcher after a save.

        He looks like a great guy!

        Sign him to a new deal this week!
        Keep Reed!

        1. metsdaddy says:

          I wouldn’t object to keeping Reed. I would prefer to trade him and re-sign him in the offseason

          1. Gothamist says:

            Yes…

            Yet Drew Smith’s stats are unreal!

            This Duda deal may be remotely similar to Mets trading in 1978 a 36 year old Koosman for a 21 year old Orozco.

            Low to zero utility left for Mets in Duda.
            w Dom Smith and Lucas going bye bye looking for $40-$50m

            GREAT TRADE ON PAPER SANDY!!!!

            The Mets are highly unlkely to bring back Reed.
            They have less payroll avail than …..?

            OK Daddy, who has a higher payroll for ACTIVE PLAYERS?

          2. metsdaddy says:

            I’ll have more on this tomorrow, but this was far from a great return for Duda.

          3. metsdaddy says:

            I’ll have something later today, but this is far from a great trade.

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