Chris Flexen, who will start in place on the injured Zack Wheeler on Thursday against the Padres, said he's excited to make his first Major League start.
"I don't think it will be too difficult," Flexen told reporters Wednesday. "The hardest thing is to manage the emotions. Everything is going to be heightened at the moment.
"Like he said whatever got me here, stick with it. That's been being confident, attacking guys and that's what I am going to go out and do. Just stick to the game plan."
Flexen, who is 6-1 with a 1.66 ERA in seven starts with Double-A Binghamton, is 32-21 in 78 career minor-league games (74 starts) since the Mets drafted him in the 14th round in 2012. Baseball America ranked him the No. 10 prospect in the organization, while MLB Pipeline had him at No. 17.
"It's very, very tough, because they think whoever is catching them, knows all the answers because he knows the hitters," Terry Collins said. "The one thing that every young pitcher doesn't understand is these catchers don't know them. They have to pitch to their strengths. If they don't, they get away from that, they will have problems."
Wheeler will miss the start after getting place on the disabled list Monday due to a stress reaction in his right arm.
Flexen was nearly traded last summer in the deal that brought Jay Bruce to New York, however the Reds did not want to acquire him given his medical background. Flexen underwent Tommy John surgery and had bone chips removed from his elbow in 2014 and also had surgery this spring to remove bone chips in one of his knees.
Flexen's repertoire includes a fastball between 91 and 94 mph, a curveball, a slider and a changeup.