Jun 30, 2019

2017 Mets Starting Pitcher: Chris Flexen (2017-2018)

Christopher Flexen was born JulY 1st 1994 in Newark, California. The six three right hander played football where he was quarterback as well as pitched earning him the nickname "the Flexman". He was drafted by the New York Mets in the 14th round of the 2012 MLB draft.

In 2013 he impressed at Kingsport with an 8-1 record. In 2016 he was at St. Lucie where he went 10-9 with a 3.25 ERA in 25 starts. In 2017 he was promoted up to a AA Binghamton going 6-1 with a 1.66 ERA. That was enough for the Mets to have him skip AAA & go right to the big league club, who's staff was struggling.

Flexen made his MLB debut on July 27th with a start in San Diego. The Padres got him for four runs on five hits, in three innings of work, taking his first career loss.

Trivia: He became the fifth Met pitcher in team history to serve up a HR to his first career hitter.

After a no decision, he earned wins against the Texas Rangers & Philadelphia Phillies. He gave up at least two runs in each of those games getting to the 5th & 6th innings respectively. On August 23rd, he had his best outing of the year, pitching six innings, allowing two runs with five strike outs, in a win over the Arizona Diamondbacks at home. 

That was followed by his worst outing, it came against the eventual World Champion Astros at Houston. He was pounded for seven runs on nine hits in just four innings of work. This led to him getting placed in the bullpen for most of September.

On September 25th he got a start against the Atlanta Braves, his first five innings were good, but then in the 6th it all fell apart. Overall he allowed four runs in five innings of work resulting in another loss. On October 1st he ended the season with another  debacle, giving up six runs (five earned) in a 11-0 loss at Philadelphia.

On the year he was 3-6 with a 7.8 ERA, 36 strike outs & 35 walks in 48 innings of work.

In 2018 he made it back to the Mets staff by late May. On May 26th in two innings he allowed seven runs, although just three were earned. He also gave up eight hits in a 17-6 loss to the Brewers in Milwaukee. He was sent right back down to AAA.

 He returned in in late June, appearing in two games. On July 8th he had yet another bad outing, allowing five runs on five hits in three innings pitched in a 9-0 loss to the Tampa Rays.

Overall in 18 games at AAA Las Vegs he was 6-7 making 17 starts posting a 5.18 ERA.

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