Flores Starts Friday in Flushing vs. Phils
In case you missed it, Omar Quintanilla was designated for assignment the other day, and replaced on the roster with Wilmer Flores, who will start tonight at shortstop. Here is the lineup that will face The Mound Artist Formerly Known as Fausto Carmona and the Philadelphia Phillies:
Juan Lagares – CF
Daniel Murphy – 2B
David Wright – 3B
Curtis Granderson – RF
Chris Young – LF
Josh Satin – 1B
Wilmer Flores – SS
Travis d’Arnaud – C
Jenrry Mejia – P
I don’t think Fausterto Camondez also changed his handedness, so it’s curious to see Satin in the lineup against the righty. Maybe Lucas Duda‘s bats were stolen?
Mejia is not happy about the possibility of moving to the bullpen, but if he doesn’t get past the fifth inning, there’s a good chance that transition will occur.
The offense makes me sick, too — does that mean I can take off from watching the game and blogging about it?
As for Mejia, his struggles in the middle innings would be viewed as part of the normal learning curve for a rookie pitcher whose team was committed to him starting. Are the Mets really going to panic after 6 starts? Mejia’s upside remains high, and the prudent long-term move is to be patient with him. “Gotta make sure we win 75 games instead of 73!” is no reason to give up on a potential asset. If Mejia starts as many games in 2014 as his health will allow, then at that point we just might barely have an idea of his realistic outlook as a starting pitcher. Before that point, it’s all guessing.