5 Reasons Why Wilmer Flores At SS Will Work For New York Mets

5 Reasons Why Wilmer Flores At SS Will Work For New York Mets

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The New York Mets' grand experiment with Wilmer Flores at shortstop in the big leagues is about to get underway. There is great skepticism about whether this will work, and for good reason; but here are five reasons why the skeptics will be wrong and playing Flores at shortstop every day will work out for the Mets.

5. He's Healthy This Time Around

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5. He's Healthy This Time Around

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When Flores was in the big leagues last year, he was battling an ankle injury that hindered him both offensively and defensively, which is why after a promising start he only hit .211/.248/.295. But Flores is now healthy and on a hot streak with the bat over the past week and a half, so he's as ready as he's going to get to make an impact in the big leagues.

4. If He Can Get To The Ball, He'll Make The Play

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4. If He Can Get To The Ball, He'll Make The Play

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Flores doesn't have great range, but he's been an infielder his entire career so he'll be able to handle any ground ball that is within his range. He has good hands and a strong enough arm to make throws from shortstop. He won't dazzle anyone defensively, but the Mets should feel good about his ability to make all the routine plays at shortstop.

3. Ruben Tejada Can Play Late In Games

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3. Ruben Tejada Can Play Late In Games

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Tejada has been a disaster at the plate this season, but he's been reliable in the field, which will allow the Mets to use him as a defensive replacement for Wilmer Flores late in games. If Flores can make a difference with the bat and help give the Mets a lead, they can take him out of games after six or seven innings and let Tejada's defense help secure the win, which is a scenario the Mets can live with.

2. He Brings Balance And Depth To The Lineup

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2. He Brings Balance And Depth To The Lineup

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The Mets' lineup needs a boost, and Flores will instantly provide that. With Flores, the Mets will be able to alternate lefties and righties through the first seven spots of the lineup with every hitter providing a little pop and being someone opposing pitchers have to respect. He won't be an easy out the way that Ruben Tejada has been, and having Flores will allow Terry Collins to experiment with different lineups to find one that works.

1. He's Ready To Hit In The Big Leagues

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1. He's Ready To Hit In The Big Leagues

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Flores has long been one of the Mets' top prospects, because the team believed he had a bat that could make an impact in the middle of the order; and he's ready to do that. He has nothing left to prove in the minors, and he's ready to become the hitter the Mets always envisioned him becoming. Over his last 10 games, he's hit .469/.485/938 with four home runs, so now is the perfect time to bring him up and see what he can do.

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