Mets bench shortstop Wilmer Flores in back-to-back games


Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores was a healthy scratch both Saturday and Sunday, as manager Terry Collins turned to Ruben Tejada at shortstop 24 hours after saying Flores’ job was not in jeopardy.

Collins explained to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York that the Mets “are hoping a couple of days refreshes him and gets him back on track.”

Flores’ defense has lived up to its poor billing with seven errors in 21 games and slightly below-average marks in advanced metrics, and hopes that his bat could make up for his glove have not been correct so far. Flores has hit just .240 with three homers and a .665 OPS, including an ugly 16/2 K/BB ratio.

It sounds like Flores will remain the primary shortstop, but if he doesn’t start putting up bigger numbers at the plate Collins isn’t going to keep living with his defensive issues.