Flowers impressed with Mets' pitching staff

Flowers impressed with Mets' pitching staff

CHICAGO -- Tyler Flowers knows the Royals.

The White Sox finished 7-12 in 2015 against the American League champs the past two seasons, although their starting catcher believes the nine losses by two runs or less to Kansas City shows the South Siders are not too far off from the top of the AL Central. But in watching the 2015 World Series between the Royals and Mets, Flowers will be focused on the Mets' starting rotation.

"I like the Mets' pitching staff," said Flowers, speaking of Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz. "That's pretty impressive. With the youth of those guys, they could potentially stay together for a long time.

"You don't really see that that much anymore like the Braves in the '90s. It gets so expensive to keep those guys together."

Flowers handles a pretty solid starting rotation for the White Sox and quipped that he would take Chris Sale over any of the Mets' starters. He acknowledged as a whole, the Mets group of young right-handers and Matz throw harder than the White Sox southpaw starters in Sale, Carlos Rodon, Jose Quintana and John Danks.

Addison Reed, who now works out of the Mets' bullpen, was teammates with Flowers in Chicago. Kelly Johnson lives down the street from Flowers in Georgia, and Daniel Murphy, the newest postseason slugging sensation, played with Flowers in a Hawaiian winter league.

"We were both terrible out there, so we started hanging out together," Flowers said with a laugh.

Flowers never played with Juan Uribe, but the backstop knows that the newly added player to the Mets' World Series roster is beloved in Chicago for his 2005 World Series contributions. Aside from the personal connections, Flowers believes the Mets' turnaround is a nice overall story.

"It's good for baseball to have a team like that rebound from tough years and have some success and get them back into the playoffs and the World Series," Flowers said. "It's good for the business of baseball."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.