Flo plates 3 to continue RBI binge

PHOENIX -- Even though Wilmer Flores now has driven in a run in four straight games, the rookie infielder still does not feel fully relaxed playing at the major league level.

Wilmer Flores

Wilmer Flores

#4 3B
New York Mets

2013 STATS

  • GM5
  • HR0

  • RBI8

  • R1

  • OBP.250

  • AVG.211

"I'm still shaking a little bit, but I try to calm down myself a little bit," Flores said. "I think it's working."

Nights like Saturday night will help Flores relax, even though he has a modest .211 average through 19 career at-bats.

Flores produced another three RBIs -- giving him eight in his first five major league games -- and the Mets beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 4-1, at Chase Field.

"He doesn't strike out. I mean, I'm sure he will, but he puts the bat on the ball," manager Terry Collins said. "We were sitting there tonight. And, of course, you can hear people yelling. He's hitting .167 [before a two-run single in the eighth]. You look up and he's got 18 at-bats and six RBIs. A lot of guys on this team wish every 18 at-bats they had six RBIs. Now he's got eight.

"We said, we know his ceiling is high offensively. You feel comfortable when he's up there, because you know he's going to put the bat on the ball."