His three-run home run in the fifth inning put the Mets ahead, after trailing 7-2. It was the fifth go-ahead hit for Flores since not being traded to the Brewers in late July for Carlos Gomez, who was eventually traded to the Astros.
"What happened to me was the craziest thing I've ever seen in baseball," Flores said after Monday's win. "If you're saying it has something to do with it, I don't know. I can't tell you whether it's because of that or not. ... It's in the past."
In the 20 games played since Flores was seen crying on field after rumblings of the potential trade, he has hit .343 with a .993 OPS and four home runs. The Mets have gone 16-6 since that day and gained 8 1/2 games on the Nationals.
Meanwhile, Gomez is hitting just .181 with a .459 OPS in 83 at-bats with the Astros.
Matthew Cerrone: That whole last week of July, when they acquired Juan Uribe, Kelly Johnson and Tyler Clippard, then didn't trade Wilmer and Zack Wheeler for Gomez, then the rain game, the stress of the deadline and eventually getting Yoenis Cespedes, all of it, it really feels like it will be looked back on as the turning point of the season. The fact is, only Sandy Alderson and his staff really know the full chain of events. But, from we saw out here, it felt like a pretty pivotal week. In hindsight, it just seems like with any one switch it could have all gone a different way.
For instance, in my Q&A podcast with the New York Post's Kevin Kernan the other week, he made it sound like maybe the Tigers got wind of the Gomez-Mets deal, quickly called Alderson, offered up Cespedes, and medical reports were simply an out to make a better deal. So, instead, maybe the Mets get Gomez, or maybe they do a deal for Jay Bruce, or maybe the Clippard deal doesn't happen, or they don't erupt that Saturday, it just seems like had any one thing gone in a different direction maybe the Mets aren't where they are right now. It's fun to think about, and has been even more fun to watch unfold.
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