Mets: Three takeaways from Sunday’s win in Atlanta

By Danny Abriano
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Apr 12, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores (4) turns a double play past Atlanta Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski (15) during the second inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Here are three takeaways from Sunday’s Mets win over the Braves in Atlanta…

Wilmer Flores‘ defensive struggles continued

After making a throwing error on Thursday and a pair of throwing errors on Friday (to go along with two other poor throws), Wilmer Flores made another major defensive gaffe on Sunday.

With one out in the second inning, Jonny Gomes hit what should’ve been an inning-ending double play. Second baseman Ruben Tejada took a bit longer than he should have on the feed, but Flores had no sense of urgency. Flores received the throw, took a few steps, and then threw over to first without firing the ball. Gomes was safe, and Andrelton Simmons delivered a two-run double two batters later.

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On the postgame show, SNY analyst Jim Duquette said the following about the failed double play:

"Flores didn’t know the speed of the runner. No sense of urgency here. This is a ball that you gotta get a double play on."

As was noted on Saturday, Flores continues to struggle – not just with his range, but with his footwork and throwing. It’s almost time for a change.

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