Mets Putting Flexen In A Tough Spot

It is interesting when you think about it.  The Mets waited and waited and waited before they would bring up Amed Rosario.  They waited for the Asdrubal Cabrera situation to calm down.  They wanted him to be playing well.  In essence, the Mets wanted the perfect situation to call-up Rosario to put him in the best position to succeed.

The Mets did this despite many believing he was ready.  The Mets were willing to deal with poor defense at shortstop, and perhaps the 2017 to protect him.

The Mets handling of Rosario makes how they are handling Chris Flexen all the more curious.

Unlike Rosario, there was no calls for Flexen to be called-up to the majors.  Even with the injuries, most thought the right call would have been to put Tyler Pill back into the major league rotation.  There was nothing to lose there.  The Mets season was already going nowhere, and Pill had some success in an earlier stint in the Mets rotation.  Instead, the Mets made the bold and perhaps inspired choice to call Flexen up to the majors from Double-A.  It was something the Mets have not done since 2006 with Mike Pelfrey.

Flexen was initially set up for success with him making his debut in San Diego.  Petco Park is a pitcher’s park, and the Padres are not a great team.  Unfortunately, Flexen would struggle, and he would last only three innings.

From there, Flexen took the mound in Coors Field, which was hardly the ideal spot for a any pitcher let alone one whose best pitch is his curveball.  Like he did in San Diego, Flexen struggled, and again, he would last just three innings.  He would depart that game with a blister.

Instead of sending him down after two tough outings, or putting him on the disabled list with the blister, the Mets are going to send Flexen back on the mound.  This time it is against the Texas Rangers.  While it is a down year for the Rangers, they do have veteran hitters like Adrian Beltre who can give a young pitcher fits.  He’s doing this coming off two rough starts and with a blister on his finger.

Who knows?  Maybe this is the best way to test a young pitcher and find out something about him. It’s possible he will be better for the experience.  He could learn what he needs to improve to be able to get outs at this level.  All in all, there’s an argument for made for letting him struggle.  To that end, Flexen has shown poise on the mound despite him not getting results.

However, this all begs the question – if the Mets are so willing to call up Flexen before he was ready and put him in difficult situations, why wouldn’t they do the same with Rosario?


0 thoughts on “Mets Putting Flexen In A Tough Spot”

  1. Gothamist says:

    Did you scout at Vegas?
    Home, away or both?

    Flexen has a complete ML pitch arsenal to pitch with.
    His mechanics are apparently good.
    Flexen can easily be demoted to AAA next spring.
    Rosario is not complete. His plate mechanics are fair.
    Rosario will be hitting eighth by next April.
    Let us see if you are right or I am.
    I will be checking back Next May…

    Sandy said Rosario was not ready in mid July
    He still feels that way!
    Listen to the interviews again.

    Getting Flexen MLB experience has a high probability will not have any negative effects.
    It will be a reference point for his off season work.

    I hope we are all praying that Rosario will hit above .225 by season’s end….

    You are fixated on Rosario, did you scout him at Vegas?
    How many games?

    What did you see to say he can leverage those results into the MLB?

    1. metsdaddy says:

      I’m not a scout. I merely use my eyes and baseball knowledge to judge players.

  2. Gothamist says:

    At AAA.

    You were screaming for Amed from April until 7/30.
    What did you see? AT AAA?

    And did you see his K rate since?
    Yet, is it too early to assess if you saw him in less than ten games?

    So why have such strong opinions before you saw him play in AAA or MLB?
    Laptop assessment? “Can not hit the curve” (movie)

    If you never saw him play ten games at AAA why steer your readers that he was ready? That you were right, Sandy wrong?

    Then you said thst Cabrera was the problem and unfairly holding back Rosario’s assention?

    Please you write so well, you make great observations when you watch, why make assessments when you do not watch?

    Do you see what Sandy was referring to in July about swing and pitch selection?
    If you ran into Sandy would you admit he needed seasoning?

    Rosario according to some tries to pull everything, steping up towards third base, and even on strikes on the outer 1/4 of the plate, at his preferred swing level are more misses than contact?

    If the Mets were in the hunt would you rely on his bat?


    1. metsdaddy says:

      Saying I’m not a scout doesn’t mean I don’t watch games.

      I said Rosario was ready because he’s already there defensively, and he was getting away with chasing at the AAA level due to his talent and the hitting environment.

      In order for Rosario to grow, he needed to be in the majors with a hitting coach who excels at teaching the specific things Rosario was lacking.

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