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.

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  1. DanB May 9, 2014 at 5:16 pm
    Duda has a stomach flu. Or maybe the lineup makes him sick.
    • Joe Janish May 9, 2014 at 5:18 pm
      Thanks for the info! I hadn’t seen the news anywhere before posting the lineup.

      The offense makes me sick, too — does that mean I can take off from watching the game and blogging about it?

  2. DanB May 9, 2014 at 6:34 pm
    I prescribe either a brunello or a Belgian ale. I find it helps when watching the games.
    • Joe Janish May 9, 2014 at 9:48 pm
      I went with Brunello. Castello Banfi, of course.
  3. argonbunnies May 9, 2014 at 6:39 pm
    Why did the Mets DFA Quintanilla instead of demoting Tejada? This makes me worried that they’re still giving Tejada a chance, which will eat away at Flores’ playing time, which will ensure that the hot streak he brings from AAA ends right quick.

    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.

  4. DanB May 10, 2014 at 8:06 am
    I believe the Mets DFA Omar Q because the Mets don’t believe in Flores at SS and still think Tejada is a better choice. Personally, it reminds me of the battle of 1st where none of the players are capable of starting on a playoff team so why bother stressing over it. Don’t worry, nobody will be surprised if Omar starts a few games at short by the end of the year. As far as Mejia goes, the question is where do you see him in the long term, starting or relieving? The Mets should pick one and put him there. But I don’t see how waving back and forth is doing him any good.