Montero dominates early, struggles late

The New York Mets gave Rafael Montero a Spot Start on Tuesday night and while he was untouchable through the first five innings, the wheels started to come off the wagon in the sixth stanza.

The New York Mets brought up right-hander Rafael Montero from Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday night for his first start of the season.

Montero gave the squad a solid five innings against National League East rivals the Miami Marlins. He was hitless through three and scoreless through five.

It wasn’t until the sixth inning when Montero started to lose his dominance; however, the Mets’ defense wasn’t helpful either.

Miami second baseman Dee Gordon led off the sixth with a base hit and advanced to second on an error by Mets’ right fielder Curtis Granderson.

Martin Prado followed it up with a sacrifice hit to the pitcher that moved Gordon over to third. The dangerous Giancarlo Stanton came up for Miami and scored Gordon on a single to left field.

A few batters later, Jacob Realmuto singled and scored Stanton moving Marcell Ozuna to third. That ended the game for Montero, but his run was still on third.

Buddy Carlyle came into relief and threw a wild pitch scoring Montero’s third and final earned run.

The Mets went on to lose the game 4-3 after a Michael Morse eighth inning RBI single.

Montero’s final numbers were 5.2 innings pitched with three runs on five hits. His strikeout to walks ratio was 6:1.

The Mets brought up Montero from the minors to give the rest of the rotation an extra days rest.

He started 2015 coming out of the bullpen, but was then sent down to Triple-A to stretch out as a starter.

In his minor league start on Thursday, Montero threw 74 pitches and allowed four runs on six hits with no walks.

According to NJ.com, manager Terry Collins said Montero’s call-up would not endanger Dillon Gee’s place in the rotation. Gee beat out Montero in spring training for the final spot in the starting rotation.

The Mets will not be transitioning into a six-man rotation. With two pitchers that had Tommy John surgery (Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom) and one pitcher over the age of 40 (Bartolo Colon), the team felt it necessary to give the entire rotation an extra day of rest.

New York has two other pitchers of major league caliber in Triple-A, Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz, but the Mets felt Montero was the best fit and most ready for this particular start.

Montero’s future with the Mets is still uncertain, but after a promising first start, it’s reassuring to see the great options the organization has in the minor leagues.


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The New York Mets brought up right-hander Rafael Montero from Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday night for his first start of the season.

Montero gave the squad a solid five innings against National League East rivals the Miami Marlins. He was hitless through three and scoreless through five.

It wasn’t until the sixth inning when Montero started to lose his dominance; however, the Mets’ defense wasn’t helpful either.

Miami second baseman Dee Gordon led off the sixth with a base hit and advanced to second on an error by Mets’ right fielder Curtis Granderson.

Martin Prado followed it up with a sacrifice hit to the pitcher that moved Gordon over to third. The dangerous Giancarlo Stanton came up for Miami and scored Gordon on a single to left field.

A few batters later, Jacob Realmuto singled and scored Stanton moving Marcell Ozuna to third. That ended the game for Montero, but his run was still on third.

Buddy Carlyle came into relief and threw a wild pitch scoring Montero’s third and final earned run.

The Mets went on to lose the game 4-3 after a Michael Morse eighth inning RBI single.

Montero’s final numbers were 5.2 innings pitched with three runs on five hits. His strikeout to walks ratio was 6:1.

The Mets brought up Montero from the minors to give the rest of the rotation an extra days rest.

He started 2015 coming out of the bullpen, but was then sent down to Triple-A to stretch out as a starter.

In his minor league start on Thursday, Montero threw 74 pitches and allowed four runs on six hits with no walks.

According to NJ.com, manager Terry Collins said Montero’s call-up would not endanger Dillon Gee’s place in the rotation. Gee beat out Montero in spring training for the final spot in the starting rotation.

The Mets will not be transitioning into a six-man rotation. With two pitchers that had Tommy John surgery (Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom) and one pitcher over the age of 40 (Bartolo Colon), the team felt it necessary to give the entire rotation an extra day of rest.

New York has two other pitchers of major league caliber in Triple-A, Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz, but the Mets felt Montero was the best fit and most ready for this particular start.

Montero’s future with the Mets is still uncertain, but after a promising first start, it’s reassuring to see the great options the organization has in the minor leagues.

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