July 28, 2021

Mets season review: Chris Flexen had limited success in 2019 (Amazin’ Avenue)


Chris Flexen’s third major league season was a mostly forgettable one for him and the Mets. He posted an 8.45 ERA with a 2.15 WHIP in 54.1 innings between 2017 and 2018, and even though his 2019 numbers were slightly better (6.59 ERA and 2.05 WHIP in 13.2 innings), little about Flexen’s outings suggested progress.

If there was one moment worth remembering from his 2019 season, it came on May 4 in an 18-inning marathon in Milwaukee. After the Mets took the lead on a Jeff McNeil single in the top of the 18th, Flexen was sent back out for a second inning of work to try and seal the deal. Leadoff walks are the cardinal sin of relief pitching, and the 25-year-old showed that he still had a lot to learn when he walked the leadoff man and then two more Brewers for good measure. Ryan Braun put the final nail in Flexen’s coffin with a two-run single to walk it off for Milwaukee — a team that absolutely completely deserved to make the Wild Card — and confirmed that Flexen might not be major league material just yet.

Flexen’s major league sample size was rather tiny in 2019, allowing 10 earned runs and 13 walks in 13.2 innings of work. Limiting baserunners is what has…

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