Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) Chris Flexen allowed five runs in the first, highlighted by Scott Schebler's grand slam, and was charged with seven runs in 4 2/3 innings. The 23-year-old right-hander surrendered seven hits while walking four and striking out four.
2) Dominic Smith had two hits, including a two-run double which snapped an 0-for-11 stretch. Asdrubal Cabrera opened the scoring for both clubs with an RBI double in the first and added an RBI single in the ninth.
3) Jeurys Familia made his second appearance since returning from the disabled list and struck out three while walking one over 1 2/3 hitless innings.
4) Kevin Plawecki relieved Chasen Bradford in the eighth with the bases loaded and induced a double-play groundout and an RBI double which were charged to Bradford. Wilmer Flores made two errors in the inning at third base.
Postgame reaction from Michelle Ioannou...
Do you remember when we had a crowded outfield back when the season began? My how things have escalated, to the point where we now have Jose Reyes as our starting left fielder.
Yeah, sure, he spent a little bit of time in the outfield during Spring Training, but that's not the same in the slightest. This was his first-ever Major League appearance out there, and it went as well as you would expect. His arm was good. But actually tracking the ball? Not so good. It was the first inning when Reyes was put to work in left. He played the snap well and saved a potential run from scoring.
He was then tested again in the second inning, when he had some trouble getting under a ball that went right over his head for a double. It was a play that a regular starting outfielder would've made, and Chris Flexen was not happy about it and he showed it on the mound. The frustration was understandable, but not a good look for a rookie in that circumstance.
In non-Reyes game news, Flexen, who had been showing signs of progress, showed signs of no progress tonight. He gave up five runs in the first inning alone, including a grand slam, and ended up giving up seven runs… in just 4 2/3.
Just when you think it can't get any worse, Kevin Plawecki heads to the mound, again. Because it went swell the first time, so why not have him go back out there? Also, for the record, Hansel Robles was up in the bullpen, but Terry Collins went with the catcher instead, so take that as you will.
A somewhat positive aspect in the game? Dominic Smith continues to show himself, hitting a two-run single in the sixth. He also got his first hit against a lefty later in the game. Oh, and Familia looked solid as well.
Basically from the way this game went, we've all just given up. I kept asking myself why I continue to watch, but here I am, like many others, still watching. >> To follow Michelle on Twitter, click here.
News and notes...
New York is 17 games below .500 for the first time since Sept. 14, 2013.
The loss snapped the Mets' 14-game winning streak against the Reds, one shy of the franchise mark against the Pirates from 1986-1987. New York had won 19 of 21 against Cincinnati and eight straight at Great American Ballpark.
Plawecki allowed four runs in two innings during the Mets' 23-5 loss to the Nationals on April 30.
Bradford faced seven batters in the eighth and didn't retire any of them. The right-hander was charged with seven runs -- five earned -- on six hits and a walk, which ended his career-high consecutive scoreless innings streak at 13.
With four walks on Tuesday, Flexen (3-3) has issued 24 free passes in 32 2/3 innings with the Mets, an average of 6.6 per nine.
Reyes made his first career start in the outfield on Tuesday, playing left field. He misplayed a Billy Hamilton line drive into a double in the second inning.
The Mets (57-74) face the Reds (56-76) in the second of three at Great American Ballpark on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. on SNY.
Rafael Montero (2-9, 5.64 ERA, 1.76 WHIP) gets the call in the second game of the three-game set. The right-hander appeared in relief against the Nationals during Sunday's doubleheader and allowed two runs while retiring one batter. He surrendered three runs over 5 1/3 innings in a loss to the Diamondbacks last Thursday. Montero allowed three runs in 4 1/3 innings in his only career appearance against the Reds last season.
Homer Bailey (4-6, 7.99 ERA 1.97 WHIP) hopes to get through his outing healthy after leaving his last start against the Cubs after three scoreless innings with shoulder irritation. The 31-year-old has allowed at least six runs in six of his 12 outings in 2017. Bailey owns a 7.12 ERA in four career starts against the Mets, but none since 2012.