Terry Collins said on Wednesday that Wilmer Flores has lost 10 pounds over the last two weeks while dealing with strep throat. The middle infielder has felt under-the-weather since last week's penultimate series with the Philadelphia Phillies.
A healthy Flores would prove a valuable asset against the Los Angeles Dodgers, who will start lefties Clayton Kershaw and Brett Anderson in Games 1 and 3, respectively. Although a far cry from prior outcomes, the 24-year-old righty had a .600 slugging percentage against southpaws this season.
Either way, Collins intends to start Ruben Tejada at shortstop on Friday night against Kershaw. His "good numbers" against the ace amount to 5-for-13, all singles, and three walks. Small sample sizes are essentially meaningless here, and his minus-15 Defensive Runs Saved tied him for last among all shortstops in 2015. There'd also be an argument for benching Daniel Murphy, who holds a career .674 OPS against lefties, but Collins will roll with all of his regular lefty hitters besides Michael Conforto.
In a season that will be partially remembered for the Carlos Gomez trade that wasn't, Flores, who remained a Met after that trade fell apart, hit .263/.295/.408 with 16 home runs and a 95 wRC+.