CINCINNATI -- It’s not a corner office, but it’s a promotion all the same.
Wilmer Flores, say hello to the fifth spot in the Mets batting order. On Sunday, New York moved the shortstop up to fifth in the order after he performed exceptionally well in the past few series, putting together a career-high seven-game hitting streak.
The move helped in a couple ways, Mets manager Terry Collins said. With catcher Travis d'Arnaud taking a day off, Collins could move Flores up to break up his lefties in the lineup.
“[Flores has] come here with a lot of people telling us he’s going to hit and hit for power, and we’ve seen that,” Collins said. “He’ll be OK, the way he’s swinging the bat.”
Flores has been batting seventh or eighth in the majority of his 43 starts, with a .393 average over the course of his hitting streak.
Collins said one recent at-bat really showcased Flores’ talent -- a ninth-inning, nine-pitch walk Saturday against Reds flamethrowing closer Aroldis Chapman.
“Here’s a guy throwing 103 then dropping curve balls. That was impressive,” Collins said. “[Flores] has had some really good at-bats since he’s been up here.”
• Right-handed pitcher Rafael Montero arrived in Cincinnati on Sunday after being recalled from Las Vegas on Friday.
Collins said Sunday morning that he knows when Montero will make his next start, but the manager would not reveal the date -- saying it would be sometime this week -- because he had not yet informed the team.
“We have set a date for Montero, this week, first series maybe,” Collins said.
Montero has made seven appearances (and six starts) for New York this season, pitching 32 2/3 innings and recording a 5.23 ERA.
• Today’s Mets starter, right-hander Zack Wheeler (9-9, 3.45 ERA), has never faced the Reds before, but he comes in on a bit of a hot streak, holding teams to three earned runs or fewer in each of his last 12 starts going back to June, according to MLB.com. The Reds Sunday starter, right-hander Mat Latos (5-4, 3.46), has faced the Mets seven times, compiling a 2.89 ERA with two wins and two losses.
• As part of Heritage Weekend, the Mets and Reds will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Day today with pregame ceremonies and activities in honor of the upcoming Hispanic Heritage Month.