Not everyone’s first career start is a magical storybook affair. Chris Flexen learned that the hard way last night, when his 0-2 curveball was rocked over the wall by Padres leadoff hitter Manuel Margot. Flexen would go on to only last three innings, as the Mets stumbled to defeat against the Padres, 7-5. In his three innings, he was charged with four runs, allowed five hits, and walked four. Hopefully, it was just nerves for the talented young right hander. His stellar minor league performance this year should warrant a few more chances with the big league club.
The Mets sluggers produced a solid five runs against the Padres, but it was not enough. Leading the charge was Michael Conforto, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Matt Reynolds; who each had two hits a piece. Yoenis Cespedes and Curtis Granderson each doubled for their lone hit, and Jay Bruce sent his 26th home run over the wall for his hit. My Gut Reaction is that the strong offensive showing will continue, and players like Conforto and Cespedes will carry this team offensively to the end of the season.
Out of the bullpen, Tyler Pill had struggles. In his two innings of work, Pill walked two and surrendered three earned runs. Josh Edgin, Fernando Salas, and Erik Goeddel then combined to end the game cleanly. The bullpen has shown signs of improvement lately, which is a nice sight to see. The Mets will take on the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field at 10:10 on Friday, as Rafael Montero will look to put up a second good start in a row.