More likely than not, Flexen will wind up starting at Triple-A Las Vegas, with Zack Wheeler (arm), Steven Matz (elbow), Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman also battling for two of the spot in the club's rotation. In 2017, he appeared in 14 games at the major-league level -- starting nine of those -- and allowed 42 earned runs in 48 innings, including 11 home runs and a rough 36:35 K:BB. The spring camp should provide the right-hander with more experience against big-league hitting and he remains a candidate to come up to the team this summer.
Flexen (3-5) allowed four runs on three hits and three walks with four strikeouts over five innings and took the loss in the first game of Monday's doubleheader against Atlanta.
Flexen was starting for the first time since September 3. He gave up nine home runs in eight outings in the rotation prior to Monday's, and he was touched up for another one by Ozzie Albies in the fourth inning. Flexen's ERA sits at 7.14 and he is unlikely to receive another start this season.
Flexen will start the first game of Monday's doubleheader against the Braves, Chris Bumbaca of MLB.com reports.
Flexen will rejoin the rotation for the first time since Sept. 3, when he was lit up for seven runs over four innings. The rookie has found his footing in the bullpen with one run allowed over five frames, but his mediocre results as a starter earlier this season will make it difficult to depend on him as a streaming option Monday. Since he hasn't started in nearly three weeks, Flexen could be subjected to a limited pitch count in what's likely just a spot start.
Flexen will have his next start skipped, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports Friday.
Flexen was originally supposed to start Saturday against Cincinnati, but instead the Mets will push up Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom to start Saturday and Sunday respectively. While there has been no official confirmation, this likely means Matt Harvey will start Tuesday's series opener in Chicago. Flexen owns a brutal 7.85 ERA and has allowed seven runs without completing five innings in each of his past two starts, so the Mets will use their upcoming off day to keep the ball out of his hands.
Flexen (3-4) allowed seven runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out a single batter through four innings during Sunday's loss to Houston.
With a 7.85 ERA, 2.07 WHIP and 5.9 K/9 through his first eight career starts, Flexen is clearly overmatched at the highest level. After all, the 23-year-old righty topped out at just seven starts at the Double-A level before joining the Mets. At best, Flexen is a potential flier against favorable opponents. But in most settings, it's probably best to fade him entirely considering his current form. He lines up to face the Reds at Citi Field in his next start.
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