Tag:

Rafael Montero

Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:05
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 9-2 loss to the Marlins in Miami.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about today's game...

1) Rafael Montero allowed five runs in four innings to suffer his second straight loss after winning three straight. The right-hander surrendered seven hits, two walks and struck out two. 

2) Erik Goeddel retired one batter in the eighth and allowed three home runs, including Giancarlo Stanton's Major League-leading 56th. Justin Bour went deep for the second straight night off Montero in the third.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Rafael Montero
Read More

Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:31
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling, and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 3-2 loss to the Braves.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) Rafael Montero could not escape the fifth inning after allowing two runs and was replaced with the bases loaded and two outs. The 26-year-old was charged with three runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out six during his 108-pitch effort.

2) Asdrubal Cabrera went 3-for-3 with a double, a walk and a run scored. Dominic Smith gave the Mets a 2-1 lead with an RBI double in the third, but he flied out with two runners on in the eighth. Jose Reyes drove in New York's other run with a fielder's choice. Trailing 3-2 in the sixth, New York loaded the bases with one out, but Juan Lagares grounded into an inning-ending double play.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Rafael Montero
Read More

The Mets (63-83) open a three-game road series against the Atlanta Braves (66-79) on Friday at 7:35 p.m. at SunTrust Park.

Follow the game live on SNY Gameday
Tags: Atlanta Braves, Rafael Montero
Read More

Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:47
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 6-1 win over the Reds.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) Kevin Plawecki hit a two-run homer and the Mets scored three times in the seventh to break open a close game. Nori Aoki doubled in two runs and Asdrubal Cabrera went 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI. Dominic Smith had a two-out RBI single in the sixth while Mark Reynolds finished with two hits.

2) Rafael Montero struggled through five innings, despite allowing one run. The 26-year-old surrendered four hits and struck out five, but matched his season-high with five walks, the second consecutive start he's issued five free passes.

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Rafael Montero
Read More

New York Mets pitcher Rafael Montero delivers a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citi Field. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets pitcher Rafael Montero delivers a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citi Field. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets RHP Rafael Montero is beginning to live up to the coaching staff's challenge after winning back-to-back starts for the first time.

After pitching 8 1/3 shutout innings last Wednesday against the Reds, Montero continued where he left off in Monday's 11-7 win over the Phillies, only allowing one run through five innings before running into trouble in the sixth.

"When I came in I was little bit off, but I tried to bounce back," Montero said, according to the Associated Press, after giving up four runs, five hits and five walks in 5 1/3 innings. "I fell behind the (count) against the batters and that's where I started to give up the walks."

Tags: Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Philadelphia Phillies, Rafael Montero
Read More

Cadillac Post Game Extra: 9/4 00:03:05
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 11-7 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about today's game...

1) The Mets opened up a 10-0 lead, capped by a six-run fourth inning which included home runs from Jose Reyes and Asdrubal CabreraGavin Cecchini added a two-run single while Brandon Nimmo and Reyes each had RBI singles in the frame. Juan Lagares opened the scoring with a run-scoring single in the second. Nori Aoki had an RBI groundout and Nimmo added a second RBI single in the sixth.

2) Nimmo matched a career high with three hits and also walked for the sixth time in three games. Reyes walked twice in addition to his 10th homer and RBI single. Lagares and Plawecki each had two hits

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Rafael Montero
Read More

Gelbs on Montero's changeup 00:01:57
Steve Gelbs discusses Rafael Montero improving his changeup and changing his grip during last offseason.

Rafael Montero pitched a career-best 8 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and four walks as the Mets beat the Reds, 2-0, in Cincinnati on Wednesday night.

"The changeup was working really well, so I was using that a lot," Montero told reporters after the game. "I spent a good portion of time last year in the Dominican working on it and it finally came to be a pitch I can rely on now."

Montero (3-9 with a 5.12 ERA/4.21 FIP, and 1.67 WHIP), who threw 75 strikes out of a career-high 117 pitches, only allowed one hit -- a Joey Votto double in the fourth inning -- until the Reds collected two hits in the ninth inning.

AJ Ramos fanned the final two hitters to preserve Montero's third win of the year.

Tags: Rafael Montero
Read More

Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:28
Wayne Randazzo and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 2-0 win over the Reds in Cincinnati on Wednesday.

Click here for a full box score of the game

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) Rafael Montero pitched 8 1/3 innings, allowing three hits and four walks while striking out eight. Joey Votto's one-out double in the fourth inning marked the only hit the Reds had against Montero until one out in the ninth when Phillip Ervin lined a single to center and Zack Cozart smacked a double to left.

2) After the Mets walked Votto intentionally with one out in the ninth, AJ Ramos entered with the bases loaded, striking out Adam Duvall and Scooter Gennett to end the game.

Tags: Rafael Montero
Read More

Cadillac Post Game Extra: 8/24 00:02:58
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 3-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about today's game...

1) Michael Conforto dislocated his left shoulder swinging at a 2-0 pitch in the fifth inning and immediately left the game.

2) Rafael Montero (2-9) surrendered two baserunners over the first four innings, but he allowed six hits and a walk to the next nine batters he faced which resulted in three runs. The right-hander was charged with three runs on seven hits and two walks with five strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.

Tags: Rafael Montero, Yoenis Cespedes
Read More

Cadillac Post Game Extra: 8/19 00:04:19
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 8-1 win over the Miami Marlins.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) Kevin Plawecki and Wilmer Flores hit two-run homers during a seven-run sixth inning for the Mets. Asdrubal Cabrera tied the game, 1-1, with a sacrifice fly. Miguel Rojas' error allowed two runs to score which gave the Mets a 3-1 lead. Dominic Smith hit his first Citi Field home run in the eighth.

2) Rafael Montero snapped a seven-start winless streak that dated back to June 25. He allowed a run over six innings, scattering six hits and three walks with five strikeouts. 

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Rafael Montero, Wilmer Flores
Read More

 (Brad Mills)
(Brad Mills)

The Mets (53-67) play the second game of a three-game series against the Miami Marlins (59-61) at Citi Field on Saturday at 7:10 p.m. 

Mets Marlins
Brandon Nimmo, CF Dee Gordon, 2B
Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B Giancarlo Stanton, RF
Yoenis Cespedes, LF Christian Yelich, CF
Michael Conforto, RF Marcell Ozuna, LF
Wilmer Flores, 3B J.T. Realmuto, C
Dominic Smith, 1B Derek Dietrich, 3B
Amed Rosario, SS Tyler Moore, 1B
Kevin Plawecki, C Miguel Rojas, SS
Rafael Montero, P Vance Worley, P
Tags: Rafael Montero
Read More

Jeep Pitchcast: Montero 00:00:19
The Jeep Pitchcast breaks down the pitches that Rafael Montero delivered for six strikeouts in his start against the Yankees on Monday.

The Jeep Pitchcast breaks down the pitches that Rafael Montero delivered for six strikeouts in his start against the Yankees on Monday.

 

Tags: Rafael Montero
Read More

Aug. 15, 2017: Montero gets set to deliver a pitch at Yankee Stadium (Adam Hunger, USA Today)
Aug. 15, 2017: Montero gets set to deliver a pitch at Yankee Stadium (Adam Hunger, USA Today)

Mets RHP Rafael Montero allowed two runs, walked two batters, and struck out six in six innings in his start Monday night at Yankee Stadium.

"I hope it's a big step going forward," manager Terry Collins said. "The fourth inning could have been disaster for us and he hung in there and battled and got out of there with one run and I thought it was a big turnaround for him."

Montero, who entered Monday's game with a 6.49 ERA during his previous five starts, used just 43 pitches through the game's first three innings, during which he faced the minimum nine batters.

"He's got the stuff to pitch here," Collins concluded. "If he locates it and trusts his stuff and throws the ball in the strike zone he's got a chance to get outs and he showed that tonight."

Tags: Rafael Montero
Read More

Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:25
Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez, and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 4-2 loss to the New York Yankees in the Bronx on Monday.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) Hansel Robles allowed a tie-breaking home run to Aaron Hicks leading off the eighth inning. Gary Sanchez added a solo blast off Erik Goeddel later in the frame.

2) Rafael Montero pitched six innings and allowed two runs on five hits and two walks with six strikeouts. He escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the fourth when he surrendered only a sacrifce fly. Aaron Judge's 36th home run of the year tied the game, 2-2, in the sixth.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Rafael Montero, Yoenis Cespedes
Read More

Yankees defeat Mets 4-2 in Bronx 00:01:59
SNY's Sweeny Murti reports from Yankee Stadium where the Yankees defeated the Mets 4-2 in the first game of their four-game Subway Series.

Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez each hit solo home runs to power the New York Yankees to a 4-2 win over the Mets on Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


With the game tied at 2 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Hicks crushed Hansel Robles' 1-1 fastball to deep right field to give the Yankees a 3-2 lead. Sanchez added an insurance run later in the inning with a solo home run off Erik Goeddel.

The Yankees trailed 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning when Judge slugged his American League-leading 36th home run of the season, his second in the month of August, to tie the game.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Curtis Granderson, Erik Goeddel, Gary Sanchez, Hansel Robles, Luis Cessa, Rafael Montero, Yoenis Cespedes
Read More

The Mets (53-62) will begin another Subway Series with the New York Yankees (61-55) at Yankees Stadium on Monday at 7:05 p.m.

Who is starting today for the Mets? 

Rafael Montero (1-8, 6.06 ERA) who took the loss in his last start against the Rangers. He allowed four runs on five hits while striking out five and walking three in three innings.

Montero has struggled in his last few starts, having made it only as far as 5.2 innings in his last three. He has let up 13 earned runs in that span.

Tags: Rafael Montero
Read More

Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:08
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 5-1 loss to the Texas Rangers on Wednesday at Citi Field

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about today's game...

1) Rafael Montero allowed three first-inning runs, balking home Shin-Soo Choo and yielding a two-run homer to Joey Gallo, and departed after three innings. He was charged with four runs on five hits and three walks while striking out five. Montero needed 87 pitches to record nine outs -- 40 coming in the first alone.

2) New York was held hitless through four innings by Martin Perez, who had surrendered 15 runs and 18 hits in his last two starts. Wilmer Flores got the Mets into the hit column with an umpire-reviewed solo homer leading off the fifth, his 13th of the season. Amed Rosario and Jose Reyes notched the other two Mets hits.

3) Hansel Robles pitched three hitless innings in relief, walking two and striking out five. 

Tags: Rafael Montero, Wilmer Flores
Read More

Aug 3, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero (50) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Aug 3, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero (50) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

Rafael Montero allowed four runs on 10 hits in six and 2/3 innings in the Mets' 5-4 loss to the Rockies on Thursday.

The Rockies scored two runs in the third inning behind back-to-back RBI singles by DJ LeMahieu and Nolan Arenado. Montero later allowed solo home runs in the fifth and sixth innings.

Offensively, Montero picked up his first career RBI when he drove in Amed Rosario in the fifth inning. He notched his first big league hit last month in a game against the Athetics at Citi Field.

Tags: Rafael Montero
Read More

The Mets (49-56) wrap up their three-game series against the Rockies (61-47) on Thursday at Coors Field in Colorado at 3:10 p.m. on SNY.

The Mets are 10-9 since the All-Star break and have scored 98 runs during that span -- the sixth-most in the majors. ... The Mets have hit at least one home run in 44 of their 52 road games this season. 


Click here to stream the game

Follow the game live on SNY Gameday


Who is starting today for the Mets? 

RHP Rafael Montero (5.72 ERA/4.26 FIP, 1.75 WHIP), who allowed five runs on three hits while walking five and striking out five in 4 2/3 innings last Friday against the Mariners.

He allowed six earned runs over his prior two starts (13.0 innings) while walking two and striking out nine. 

Tags: Rafael Montero
Read More

Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:02
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 7-5 win over the Mariners in Seattle

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) Michael Conforto's second solo homer of the game tied the score in the eighth and New York tacked on two more on RBI singles by Neil Walker and Curtis Granderson to give the Mets a come-from-behind win after blowing an early 4-0 lead.

2) Jay Bruce's two-run homer in the first, Conforto's first solo shot in the third and Wilmer Flores' sacrifice fly later in the inning gave the Mets a 4-0 lead. Asdrubal Cabrera singled three times and scored three runs, including the go-ahead tally in the eighth.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Rafael Montero
Read More

New York Mets relief pitcher Rafael Montero delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets relief pitcher Rafael Montero delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets RHP Rafael Montero lost for the third time in his last four starts by allowing a season-high three home runs in Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics at Citi Field.

Montero allowed three runs and seven hits in seven innings, surrendering solo home runs to Marcus Semien in the first inning, Khris Davis in the fourth inning and a tie-breaking shot to Matt Chapman in the seventh inning.

"I need to keep the ball a bit lower," Montero said through an interpreter, according to the New York Post's Brian Lewis. "That's really where I got into some trouble and there was damage done against me. When those home runs occurred it was because I kept the ball too high."

Tags: Rafael Montero, Rene Rivera
Read More

The Mets (45-50) will go for the sweep in the final game of a three-game series with the Athletics (43-54) on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. at Citi Field on WPIX.

Tags: Rafael Montero
Read More

Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:41
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 5-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) Two errors and several misplays helped the Cardinals score four times in the first two innings off Rafael Montero. The 26-year-old was charged with two earned runs on seven hits and a walk with five strikeouts in six innings.

2) The Mets committed as many errors in the game -- three, including two by T.J. Rivera -- as hits. Yoenis Cespedes had a first-inning single and Michael Conforto went 2-for-4 with a double and a single.

3) Cardinals starter Michael Wacha allowed three hits, one walk and struck out eight in the first complete game and shutout of his career.

Tags: Rafael Montero
Read More

The Mets (41-49) play the second game of a four-game series against the Cardinals (45-47) on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field on SNY.

Who is starting tonight for the Mets? 

RHP Rafael Montero (5.77 ERA/3.52 FIP, 1.90 WHIP), who suffered a loss in his last start against the Phillies. He allowed four runs on eight hits while striking out six and walking two in 6.1 innings. 

Montero has had trouble controlling his pitches this season as he allowed 5.5 walks per nine innings pitched. 

Tags: Rafael Montero
Read More

Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:29
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 7-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about today's game...

1) Rafael Montero allowed four runs -- all in the second inning -- over a career-high 6 1/3 innings. The right-hander allowed eight hits and two walks with six strikeouts. Five of the hits came during Philadelphia's four-run second.

2) T.J. Rivera supplied the only offense for the Mets with a solo homer in the fifth, his fourth of the season and second in as many games. Matt Reynolds singled as a pinch-hitter in the eighth for New York's other hit.

Tags: Rafael Montero, TJ Rivera
Read More

Jeep Pitchcast: Rafael Montero 00:00:27
Jeep Pitchcast highlights Rafael Montero's great outing and changeup against the Giants.

Jeep Pitchcast highlights Rafael Montero's great outing and changeup against the Giants. 

"There's no giveaway with the motion," SNY's Keith Hernandez explained about one of the things that made Montero's changeup effective.

Tags: Rafael Montero
Read More

New York Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero pitches to the San Francisco Giants in the first inning at AT&T Park. (Andrew Villa/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero pitches to the San Francisco Giants in the first inning at AT&T Park. (Andrew Villa/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets RHP Rafael Montero earned his first major-league win since 2014 by allowing just one run in 5 2/3 innings of work during Sunday's 8-2 win against Giants at AT&T Park.

Making his third start of the season, Montero struck out a season-high seven batters and allowed one run and five hits in his best outing of the year. He had pitched in relief during seven of his previous eight appearances.

"You've got to get some confidence back and it all starts from the way we pitched," manager Terry Collins said after the game, speaking about Montero.

Tags: Rafael Montero, San Francisco Giants
Read More

Cadillac Post Game Extra: 6/25 00:03:55
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 8-2 win over the San Francisco Giants.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about today's game...

1) Rafael Montero allowed one run over 5 2/3 innings to win for the first time since Sept. 10, 2014. The right-hander surrendered five hits and two walks with a season-high seven strikeouts to win his second big league game.

2) Rene Rivera hit two of the Mets' four homers and drove in three runs. Jay Bruce launched his 20th of the season, a two-run shot in the eighth, and had three RBIs. Curtis Granderson slugged his 10th of the year in the top of the ninth and finished 2-for-3 with three walks.

Tags: Rafael Montero, Rene Rivera
Read More

 (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
(Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

The Mets (33-41) wrap up their three-game series against the San Francisco Giants (27-50) at AT&T Park on Sunday at 4:05 p.m. on SNY. 

The Mets have won the first two games of the series,with Jacob deGrom's eight strong innings highlighting Saturday night's win.

Who is starting today for the Mets?

RHP Rafael Montero (6.49 ERA, 2.09 WHIP), who has allowed one run on three hits with two walks and eight strikeouts spanning 6 2/3 innings over his last two appearances, both of which have come in relief.

Tags: Rafael Montero
Read More

Jul 17, 2016; Syndergaard (34), Matz (32) and deGrom (48) during national anthem at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 17, 2016; Syndergaard (34), Matz (32) and deGrom (48) during national anthem at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets have been hurt by injuries up and down the lineup, and by consistent ineptitude in the field, but the more significant culprit is clearly their pitching.

It wasn't supposed to be this way. Even with an injury-plagued rotation, the 2016 Mets surpassed expectations and ranked as one of the top staffs in the league. With nearly all of last year's successful hurlers returning (Bartolo Colon, who is struggling mightily in Atlanta this year, being the lone exception), reasonable projections anticipated similar results, even if not quite up to 2016's exceptional standards.

Instead, Mets fans have watched nothing short of an unmitigated disaster unfold in the rotation, one start at a time...

Tags: Bartolo Colon, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Maggie Wiggin
Read More

Mets' injury bug strikes again! 00:03:10
The Daily News Live panel discusses the latest injuries that struck the Mets just as they finally started to play some consistent baseball.

Matt Harvey, who exited Wednesday night's game early due to 'dead arm,' will miss several weeks due to a stress injury to the scapula bone in his throwing shoulder >> Read more

Neil Walker, who exited Wednesday night's game early due to a leg injury, has been diagnosed with a partially torn hamstring. He is expected to begin rehabbing in two-to-three weeks >> Read more

The Mets are 'comfortable' with their situation on the infield and are not yet ready to promote SS prospect Amed Rosario, but that could change in the next seven-to-10 days, according to GM Sandy Alderson >> Read more

Noah Syndergaard (partially torn lat) might not start throwing for another four weeks >> Read more

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero
Read More

Jun 13, 2017; Smoker (49) pitches against the Cubs at Citi Field. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 13, 2017; Smoker (49) pitches against the Cubs at Citi Field. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Mets LHP Josh Smoker has 'loose bodies' in his left elbow and is on anti-inflammatory medication, GM Sandy Alderson said on Thursday.

There is no timetable for Smoker's return.

He was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday due to a left shoulder strain, with RHP Rafael Montero called up from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Zack Wheeler lasted just 1 2/3 innings during Tuesday night's loss to the Cubs, with Smoker tossing 4.0 innings in relief. Smoker allowed three runs on six hits using a career-high 81 pitches in the relief outing. 

Tags: Rafael Montero, Zack Wheeler
Read More

 (Frank Franklin II/AP)
(Frank Franklin II/AP)

The Mets will continue using a six-man rotation even though Matt Harvey will miss several weeks due to a shoulder injury, GM Sandy Alderson said on Thursday.

The rotation currently includes Jacob deGromZack WheelerRobert GsellmanSteven Matz, and Seth Lugo.

The Mets have not yet said who the sixth pitcher will be, but the expectation is that it will be Tyler Pill (currently with Triple-A Las Vegas) or Rafael Montero.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
Read More

Mets RHP Tyler Pill pitches during a spring training game in 2017 (Credit: USA Today Images)
Mets RHP Tyler Pill pitches during a spring training game in 2017 (Credit: USA Today Images)

The Mets have promoted RHP Tyler Pill to the big-league roster and sent RHP Rafael Montero back to Triple-A to Las Vegas, the team announced prior to Friday's game.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Pill, who wear No. 56 and be available for Friday's game, RHP Seth Lugo was moved to the 60-Day Disabled List.

Pill, who turns 27 on Monday, was 4-1 with a 1.60 ERA in nine combined starts between Triple-A and Double-A this season. He allowed 51 hits, issued 15 walks and struck out 26 batters.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Rafael Montero, Zack Wheeler
Read More

Nelson Figueroa on Montero nod 00:01:05
SNY Mets analyst Nelson Figueroa discusses Terry Collins? decision to start Rafael Montero in place of Jacob deGrom on Thursday night.

After being notified three and a half hours before the game that he would be starting, Rafael Montero struggled mightily against the Padres, picking up his fourth loss of the season.

Montero threw 87 pitches in only three innings, allowing three runs and five hits.

The 26-year old walked three batters, all in the first inning, which helped lead to San Diego jumping out to an early 2-0 lead.

Tags: Rafael Montero
Read More

Cadillac Post Game Extra: 5/25 00:03:43
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 4-3 loss to the Padres.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) Rafael Montero labored his way through 87 pitches in three innings, allowing three runs on five hits. He walked four batters, including three in the first inning. Paul Sewald and Josh Edgin combined to pitch five scoreless innings in relief, but Addison Reed allowed the Padres to score an insurance run in the ninth inning.

2) Lucas Duda hit a solo home run in the second inning to put the Mets on the board, then drove in the team's second run with an RBI single in the eighth. Michael Conforto tied his career-high with four strikeouts, but came through on a base hit in the ninth inning to extend his hitting streak to ten games.

Tags: Rafael Montero
Read More

Cadillac Post Game Extra: 5/25 00:03:43
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 4-3 loss to the Padres.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) Rafael Montero labored his way through 87 pitches in three innings, allowing three runs on five hits. He walked four batters, including three in the first inning. Paul Sewald and Josh Edgin combined to pitch five scoreless innings in relief, but Addison Reed allowed the Padres to score an insurance run in the ninth inning.

2) Lucas Duda hit a solo home run in the second inning to put the Mets on the board, then drove in the team's second run with an RBI single in the eighth. Michael Conforto tied his career-high with four strikeouts, but came through on a base hit in the ninth inning to extend his hitting streak to ten games.

Tags: Rafael Montero
Read More

The Mets (19-25) will finish their three-game series against the Padres (17-31) on Thursday night at Citi Field. The series is split as the Padres won last night, 6-5, thanks to a go-ahead homer in the eighth by Hunter Renfroe. 

Michael Conforto has reached base safely in eight of his 10 plate appearance this series which includes two home runs. This month, he leads the NL in slugging percentage (.750), extra-base hits (15), and is tied for most runs scored (24). 

Who is starting tonight for the Mets? 

Right-hander Rafael Montero, (8.10 ERA/5.38 FIP, 2.52 WHIP), who is filling in for Jacob deGrom. With the threat of inclement weather, the Mets pushed deGrom's start back to Friday.

Tags: Rafael Montero
Read More

The Mets are pushing back Jacob deGrom's start to Friday due to anticipated inclement weather and will have Rafael Montero start on Thursday night against the Padres at Citi Field, manager Terry Collins said.

It has been raining in New York City for the majority of Thursday, and the forecast calls for rain on and off during the game, which is scheduled to start at 7:10 p.m.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Zack Wheeler
Read More

New York Mets' Rafael Montero delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins Friday, May 5, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Mets' Rafael Montero delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins Friday, May 5, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Mets RHP Rafael Montero is not a lock to make his next start, according to general manager Sandy Alderson. Alderson told reporters on Saturday that he was "disappointed" by Friday night's outing and that the team is looking at options both inside and outside of the organization. 

Montero only lasted 3.2 innings in his first start of the season against the Marlins, as he gave up five runs on seven hits and walked four other batters. The 26-year-old pitcher has a 10.45 ERA so far this season, along with 10 strikeouts to 11 walks. 

Tags: Rafael Montero
Read More

May 5, 2017; Terry Collins (10) takes the ball from pitcher Rafael Montero (50). Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
May 5, 2017; Terry Collins (10) takes the ball from pitcher Rafael Montero (50). Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

On a night Rafael Montero stepped into the rotation for Noah Syndergaard and again flopped, it certainly did not go unnoticed that Gabriel Ynoa made his Orioles debut and tossed six scoreless innings against the White Sox at Camden Yards.

The Mets sold Ynoa to Baltimore in February, just as they had done with Logan Verrett in November.

The knee-jerk reaction would be to mock the Mets for those sales, making it sound like cheapness prompted them to peddle assets that now would be useful given the decimation to their rotation.

Tags: Rafael Montero
Read More

Cadillac Post Game Extra: 5/5 00:04:14
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 8-7 comeback win over the Marlins on Friday night.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) The Mets trailed 7-1 in the fourth and 7-3 in the seventh, but rallied for five runs on six hits and a walk. Rene Rivera, pinch-hitter Asdrubal Cabrera and Michael Conforto had RBI singles. T.J. Rivera followed with a game-tying two-run double. Jay Bruce and Neil Walker struck out with runners at second and third with nobody out but Wilmer Flores' bases-loaded walk forced in the go-ahead run.

2) After Josh Smoker allowed two runs in relief of Rafael MonteroFernando SalasHansel RoblesJerry BlevinsAddison Reed and Jeurys Familia held the Marlins scoreless over the last five innings.

 

Tags: Rafael Montero, TJ Rivera
Read More

The Mets (12-15) open a three-game series against the Marlins (12-15) tonight at Citi Field at 7:10. The Mets had their game with the Braves rained out on Thursday night in Atlanta.

The Mets have scored five or more runs in seven straight games. ... the Mets have lost six straight games at home and are 4-10 at home this season. ... Tonight is Terry Collins 1,000th game as Mets manager. 

Who is starting tonight for the Mets? 

Right-hander Rafael Montero, (9.45 ERA/4.84 FIP, 3.60 FIP), who allowed four runs (three earned) on four hits while walking none and striking out none against the Phillies on April 18, which was his last relief appearance with the Mets before his demotion to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Tags: Rafael Montero
Read More

Mets pitcher Rafael Montero (50) reacts during the twelfth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field.
Mets pitcher Rafael Montero (50) reacts during the twelfth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field.

Rafael Montero will start in place of Noah Syndergaard tonight when the Mets (12-15) host the the Marlins (12-15) for the start of a three-game series at Citi Field.

Thursday night's game between the Mets and Braves was rained out in Atlanta. The New York area has been getting rained on heavy all day Friday, though reports indicate it should let up enough in advance of game time to keep it from being cancelled.

The Mets have won four of of their last six games, whereas the Marlins have lost seven of nine after starting the season 10-8.

Tags: Rafael Montero, Matthew Cerrone
Read More

Collins on Granderson, injuries 00:02:27
Mets manager Terry Collins discusses the decision to give Curtis Granderson a night off and also gives an update on injuries.

The Mets (11-15) will play the third game of a four-game series Wednesday against the Atlanta Braves (11-14) tonight at SunTrust Park.

Jacob deGrom (1-1, 2.84 ERA, 1.168 WHIP) will start for the Mets. He's coming off three strong starts, during which he's struck out 35 batters.

Bartolo Colon (1-2, 5.59 ERA, 1.31 WHIP) will start for the Braves. He has allowed at least four runs during three of his last four starts.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Lucas Duda, Rafael Montero, Travis d'Arnaud
Read More

Sep 7, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) and catcher Rene Rivera (44) congratulate each other after the Mets defeated the Cincinnati Reds 6-3 at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports (David Kohl)
Sep 7, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) and catcher Rene Rivera (44) congratulate each other after the Mets defeated the Cincinnati Reds 6-3 at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports (David Kohl)

Mets closer Jeurys Familia, who completed his 15-game suspension for the domestic violence incident he was involved in during the offseason, was activated from the restricted list prior to Thursday night's game against the Phillies.

In addition, C Kevin Plawecki was activated from Triple-A Las Vegas, with RHP Rafael Montero and LHP Sean Gilmartin optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room on the roster for Familia and Plawecki.

The Mets also transferred 3B David Wright to the 60-day DL.

The team's starting pitchers have made it into the seventh inning only four times in 15 games, resulting in their bullpen having faced 254 batters, which is third most in the National League...

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Kevin Plawecki, Rafael Montero, Sean Gilmartin
Read More

Cadillac Post Game Extra: 4/18 00:03:52
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 6-2 loss to the Phillies.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about today's game...

1) With the Mets leading by a run and a man on first and two outs in the eighth, Jose Reyes dropped an easy pop-up that would have resulted in the third out of the inning. Instead, Jerry Blevins surrendered a game-tying double to Andres Blanco

2) The Phillies scored four times off Rafael Montero and Sean Gilmartin in the 10th.

Tags: Jose Reyes, Rafael Montero, Zack Wheeler
Read More

Adam Rubin, SNY.tv:

Michael Conforto homered Wednesday as the Mets completed a three-game sweep in Philadelphia, giving him a pair of long balls and a .538 on-base percentage in limited opportunities this season.

Yet the numbers that dictate Conforto no longer belongs in the minor leagues were posted last year. During a pair of stints with Triple-A Las Vegas, Conforto hit .422 with nine homers and 28 RBIs.

Tags: Jay Bruce, Josh Edgin, Juan Lagares, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
Read More