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Rafael Montero

Mar 10, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero (50) throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Mar 10, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero (50) throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

Rafael Montero, a once touted pitching prospect in the Mets organization, was outrighted by the team on Friday and elected to become a free agent. 

Montero, 28, underwent Tommy John surgery in the spring and missed the entire 2018 season. 

The right-hander appeared in 58 games in four seasons with the Mets but failed to live up to expectations, going 6-16 with a 5.38 ERA in 192.1 innings pitched. 

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Oct 10, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Mets center fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) is congratulated by catcher Travis d'Arnaud (7) for hitting a solo home run during the second inning in game two of the NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)
Oct 10, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Mets center fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) is congratulated by catcher Travis d'Arnaud (7) for hitting a solo home run during the second inning in game two of the NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)

The Mets announced some roster moves on Friday, that included reinstating players like Yoenis Cespedes and Travis d'Arnaud back to the 40-man roster. 

With MLB free agency officially beginning, it is procedure that players on the 60-day DL this season get reinstated to the roster. Other than Cespedes and d'Arnaud, Juan Lagares, T.J. Rivera, Eric Hanhold and Bobby Wahl were all placed on the roster that has been increased to 38 players. 

Also, INF Jack Reinheimer was claimed off waivers by the Cubs, while LHP P.J. Conlon was outrighted to Triple-A Syracuse. 

Tags: Jamie Callahan, Juan Lagares, Phillip Evans, Rafael Montero, TJ Rivera, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes
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New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run against the Miami Marlins during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run against the Miami Marlins during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

In the wake of Jose Reyes leaving the Mets in 2011 to take a $100 million deal to join the Marlins, the Mets turned to Ruben Tejada to start at shortstop. Tejada struggled, leaving Sandy Alderson to lean on veterans like Omar Quintanilla as he searched the free agent and trade markets for an everyday middle infielder.

If you recall, there were countless posts on every New York news site under the sun pointing to connections between the Mets and Mariners, as well as the Mets and D-backs, who were reportedly looking to deal 24-year-old SS Didi Gregorius. At the time, Gregorius was a career .243 hitter with just 13 home runs, despite 191 big league games under his belt.

Arizona had been shopping Gregorius for more than a year before he was eventually sent to the Yankees in a three-way deal that sent reliever Shane Greene to Detroit...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jon Niese, Rafael Montero, Wilmer Flores, Matthew Cerrone
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Sep 15, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero (50) throws a pitch against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Sep 15, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero (50) throws a pitch against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

Mets RHP Rafael Montero has a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and will undergo Tommy John surgery, he said Friday. Montero dealt with pain in the elbow during Tuesday's outing against the Cardinals, when he allowed two runs (one earned) in 1/3 of an inning.

The 27-year-old Montero, who is out of options, was unlikely to make the 25-man Opening Day roster as one of seven or eight relievers.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Montero was once a highly-touted prospect -- a strike-thrower with impeccable command who walked just 35 batters in 155.1 innings between Double-A and Triple-A in 2013 while posting a 2.78 ERA and 1.10 WHIP. But he has never been able to put it together at the major league level. And his Tommy John surgery might mean the end of his Mets career...

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GEICO SportsNite: Mets win 00:02:08
Matt Harvey struck out five in five strong innings as the Mets beat the Cardinals, 8-7, on Tuesday.

Matt Harvey allowed one run in 5.1 innings and the Mets used the longball to beat the Cardinals, 8-7, on Tuesday afternoon in Jupiter. 

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Tags: Matt Harvey, Rafael Montero, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores
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Mar 10, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero (50) throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Mar 10, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero (50) throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

The Mets are preparing to trade RHP Rafael Montero before opening day, but no deals are imminent, reports Matt Ehalt of NorthJersey.com.

 

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GEICO SportsNite: Matz's start 00:01:11
Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz and manager Mickey Callaway break down the lefty's latest spring start as the Mets lost to Miami, 5-1.

Steven Matz recovered after a rough first inning and Luis Guillorme had two hits and two walks as the Mets lost to the Marlins, 5-1, on Wednesday afternoon.

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Feb 26, 2017; Paul Sewald (79) delivers a pitch during a spring training game. Credit: Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 26, 2017; Paul Sewald (79) delivers a pitch during a spring training game. Credit: Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

As Spring Training wears on, the pieces of the Mets roster are beginning to fall into place. The bullpen -- a long time thorn in the team's side -- has a strong foundation emerging, and there are several relievers looking to snag a spot for Opening Day.

The back-end of the bullpen is set, and has the potential to be strong. Jeurys Familia is solid so far this spring, and looks to be fully recovered from last season's surgery. A.J. Ramos has also come out strong, and should bring a much-needed consistency that the Mets have often lacked. The newest acquisition, Anthony Swarzak, has seen limited action due to an early calf strain, but should be seeing action this weekend. And Jerry Blevins is looking to continue his stretch as one of the top lefty relievers in the game.

This core quartet leaves either three or four spots for a bevy of competitors to vie for, depending on how many bench players the Mets intend to carry. Paul Sewald, who pitched better last year than his final line indicated, is at the front of the pack currently, having given up only one run this spring over four appearances. He doesn't throw hard, but his sidearm delivery offers a nice complement to the other fireballers on the staff.

Tags: Hansel Robles, Jeurys Familia, Paul Sewald, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Maggie Wiggin
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Sep 15, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero (50) throws a pitch against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Sep 15, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero (50) throws a pitch against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter

Before Rafael Montero poured gasoline all over Wednesday's meaningless game against the Yankees and lit a match, he was already a pitcher the Mets shouldn't have had an Opening Day roster spot reserved for. Now? The thought of the Mets carrying Montero is enough to make me cringe.

The 27-year-old Montero was once a highly-touted prospect -- a strike-thrower with impeccable command who walked just 35 batters in 155.1 innings between Double-A and Triple-A in 2013 while posting a 2.78 ERA and 1.10 WHIP.

2013 was the final season before Montero's major league debut. And since then, something has changed. The strike-thrower with terrific command is often afraid to throw strikes, which is maddening for his coaches and manager, and for the fans watching him nibble...

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 3/7 00:02:55
Eamon McAnaney, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 11-4 loss to the Yankees on Wednesday.

Zack Wheeler and Robert Gsellman had strong outings before Rafael Montero trotted in from the bullpen with a gasoline can and a match in his hand as the Mets fell to the Yankees, 11-4, on Wednesday afternoon at First Data Field.

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Tags: Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Travis d'Arnaud, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 3/7 00:02:55
Eamon McAnaney, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 11-4 loss to the Yankees on Wednesday.

Zack Wheeler and Robert Gsellman had strong outings before Rafael Montero trotted in from the bullpen with a gasoline can and a match in his hand as the Mets fell to the Yankees, 11-4, on Wednesday afternoon at First Data Field.

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Tags: Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Travis d'Arnaud, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Jul 29, 2017; Michael Conforto (30) hits at Safeco Field. Credit: Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 29, 2017; Michael Conforto (30) hits at Safeco Field. Credit: Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets have agreed to terms with all 22 pre-arbitration eligible players, including contracts with OF Michael Conforto, RHP Robert Gsellman, LHP Steven Matz, C Kevin Plawecki, OF Brandon Nimmo, SS Amed Rosario, and 1B Dominic Smith

Other players who signed contracts are RHP Tyler Bashlor, RHP Gerson Bautista, RHP Jamie Callahan. INF Gavin Cecchini, RHP Chris Flexen, INF Luis Guillorme, RHP Seth Lugo, RHP Kevin McGowan, RHP Marcus Molina, C Tomas Nido, RHP Corey Oswalt, RHP Jacob Rhame, INF T.J. Rivera, RHP Paul Sewald, and RHP Rafael Montero

Mets payroll currently stands at $152.6 million. They began last season with a payroll of $154.4 million, according to Cot's Baseball Contracts.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Gavin Cecchini, Michael Conforto, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, TJ Rivera
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BNNY: Robles' disastrous outing 00:02:08
The Baseball Night in New York panel overreacts to Hansel Robles' disappointing outing, in which he allowed four runs in just one inning.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Mets are expected to have an eight-man bullpen for the majority of this season, and Hansel Robles should not be guaranteed a spot in the Opening Day version of it.

This isn't a reaction to the four runs Robles allowed to the Astros in one inning of work on Monday afternoon (including a first-pitch homer). Rather, it's a reaction to the 4.92 ERA (5.13 FIP) he posted in 2017 as his walks continued to tick up (a career-high 4/6 per 9) and his strikeouts continued to trend down (a career-low 9.5 per 9).

And yes, I cringed a bit when Robles began his famous "point" on the home run he allowed on Monday before stopping himself...

Tags: Hansel Robles, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Paul Sewald, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Danny Abriano
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Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (right) during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (right) during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway announced the starting pitchers and relievers for the first three Grapefruit League games.

Zack Wheeler will start on Friday against the Braves at 1:10 p.m. on SNY, with Hansel Robles, Chris Flexen, Paul SewaldCorey Oswalt, Jacob Rhame, Tyler Bashlor, Jamie Callahan, and Drew Smith also scheduled to pitch.

Seth Lugo will start on Saturday against the Cardinals at 1:10 p.m. on WPIX, with Kevin McGowan, Marcos Molina, P.J. Conlon, Corey Taylor, and Gerson Bautista also scheduled to pitch.

Tags: Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Paul Sewald, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler
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 (Jay Biggerstaff)
(Jay Biggerstaff)

The signing of veteran lefty Jason Vargas prompted GM Sandy Alderson to say the team is "pretty much where we want to be." But the signing has left some on the Mets' pitching staff wondering where they stand within the rotation. 

The Mets have always been looking for another starter this offseason, and Vargas doesn't only fill that void, but he brings with him veteran knowledge and leadership to a young talented group of pitchers in the starting rotation.

"Not only do we have another guy that can go out there and pitch effectively, we've deepened our team," manager Mickey Callaway noted. "We've added to our depth and probably strengthened our bullpen in a role. He brings a lot not just to the dynamic of our team, but team leadership."

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Sep 17, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn (31) (Patrick Gorski)
Sep 17, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn (31) (Patrick Gorski)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Mets have been one of the most active teams in a free agent market that has been so stagnant that a prominent player agent recently threatened a player boycott of Spring Training. By signing Todd Frazier (to go along with the signings of Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, and Anthony Swarzak), the Mets have done a solid job. But if they want to enter the 2018 season as a legitimate contender, they can't stop now.

While GM Sandy Alderson said earlier this offseason that starting pitching was fourth on his list of three needs, SNY contributor and former Mets GM Jim Duquette said last week that the team was starting to consider making a play for free agent starting pitchers Lance Lynn, Alex Cobb, or Jason Vargas. And after signing Frazier, reports indicated that the Mets are still interested in signing one of the above pitchers if the price is right.

To put it simply, Lynn and Cobb are on a different level than Vargas. And with the market in its current state, it's Lynn or Cobb who the Mets should sign to put an exclamation point on their offseason. Here's why...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Assessing the Mets' offseason 00:05:08
With the Mets signing of Todd Frazier, the Baseball Night in New York crew discusses the team's offseason up to this point.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Mets have been one of the most active teams in a free agent market that has been so stagnant that a prominent player agent recently threatened a player boycott of Spring Training. By signing Todd Frazier (to go along with the signings of Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, and Anthony Swarzak), the Mets have done a solid job. But if they want to enter the 2018 season as a legitimate contender, they can't stop now.

While GM Sandy Alderson said earlier this offseason that starting pitching was fourth on his list of three needs, SNY contributor and former Mets GM Jim Duquette said last week that the team was starting to consider making a play for free agent starting pitchers Lance Lynn, Alex Cobb, or Jason Vargas. And after signing Frazier, reports indicated that the Mets are still interested in signing one of the above pitchers if the price is right.

To put it simply, Lynn and Cobb are on a different level than Vargas. And with the market in its current state, it's Lynn or Cobb who the Mets should sign to put an exclamation point on their offseason. Here's why...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Alderson on rotation, bullpen 00:01:55
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson chats with SNY about the team's need for depth in the rotation and roles in the bullpen.

In response to a question regarding whether the Mets might add another starting pitcher, GM Sandy Alderson said the team has "quite a bit" of depth.

"I think we've got quite a bit of depth," Alderson told SNY. "We had similar depth last year and we zipped right through it. The key to our season is going to be our pitching -- both our starting pitching and our bullpen. So it's important for us to have the depth, but it's also important for us to have better health among our frontline guys."

The Mets, under new manager Mickey Callaway, have revamped their training staff and overhauled their strength and conditioning plan. They have also had more oversight on how the pitchers are training in the offseason -- which Alderson said is already paying dividends.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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New York Mets winning pitcher Jeurys Familia pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets winning pitcher Jeurys Familia pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

Earlier this offseason at the MLB Winter Meetings, new Mets manager Mickey Callaway explained that he doesn't intend to designate any one pitcher as the team's 'closer.'

"I think that we're going to pitch guys when it makes sense," Callaway explained in December. "I'm going to pitch guys to their strengths and they're going to face the batters they should be facing." Callaway expanded on that philosophy earlier this week.

"We wouldn't name Wilmer Flores as our Wednesday infielder and then start him even if we're playing against Corey Kluber," Callaway explained, according to NY Post columnist Ken Davidoff. "So, why name a closer and put him in a situation where he doesn't fit?"

Tags: Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Paul Sewald, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Matthew Cerrone
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What's Mets' biggest need now? 00:03:54
Loud Mouths debate whether the Mets should continue to pursue infield help, or turn towards bolstering the pitching staff in free agency.

The Mets are reportedly intent on adding a second baseman or third baseman, with Pirates INF/OF Josh Harrison, and free agent infielders Todd Frazier, Eduardo Nunez, and Neil Walker the names being considered.

But should they be adding a free agent starting pitcher instead? MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone thinks so, and Jon Hein and Dan Graca weighed in on the subject Tuesday night on Loud Mouths on SNY.

"Lance Lynn is a guy who takes the ball every five days, he makes over 30 starts a year, he's dependable," Graca said. "And the Mets could use a guy like that. ... look to fortify the pitching staff, because you're going to need more than six, seven starters in a season -- it's inevitable."

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Mets shortstop Matt Reynolds (15) turns a double play. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports
Mets shortstop Matt Reynolds (15) turns a double play. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Once the Mets' three-year deal with free agent OF/1B Jay Bruce is final -- which may not be until next week -- they will have to clear a spot on the already-full 40-man roster for him.

The Mets recently added minor league RHPs Tyler Bashlor (who struck out 84 batters in 49.2 innings last season between High-A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton) and Gerson Bautista (who they acquired from the Red Sox last season in the Addison Reed trade) to the 40-man. So it's a safe bet the two of them are safe.

And unless the Mets are dropping a pitcher such as Rafael Montero or Chris Flexen -- which they absolutely should not be doing given their lack of starting pitching depth -- it's hard to see a pitcher being removed from the roster at this point.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Dominic Smith, Gavin Cecchini, Jay Bruce, Matt Reynolds, Rafael Montero, TJ Rivera, Wilmer Flores, Danny Abriano
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Mets Winter Meetings Preview 00:04:08
The Mets Hot Stove crew breaks down which players the Mets should prioritize at the Winter Meetings in Florida this week.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said starting pitching is not one of New York's major priorities heading into the MLB Winter Meetings despite the fact their rotation had the 27th-ranked ERA as a team last year.

"I'd say that, as it stands right now, [starting pitching] would probably be fourth on a list of three," Alderson told reporters on Sunday, indicating the team is instead focusing on bolstering the bullpen, adding a bat to the lineup and solidifying its situation at first base and in the outfield.

Mets starters went 49-64 last season with a 5.14 ERA, which was the second-worst among all National League teams. They combined to throw the fourth-fewest innings among all 30 teams.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 9/26 00:03:32
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 4-3 win over the Braves.

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

 1) Travis Taijeron singled home Juan Lagares with one out in the ninth inning to complete the Mets' rally from a 3-0 deficit. Kevin Plawecki singled to start the frame and Dominic Smith walked. Amed Rosario struck out after failing to get a bunt down before Taijeron's walk-off hit.

2) Plawecki's two-run homer off R.A. Dickey in the seventh ignited New York's offense and Asdrubal Cabrera's sacrifice fly tied the game in the eighth. Brandon Nimmo singled, doubled and scored a run for New York, which entered the seventh with just two hits.

3) Rafael Montero allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings. The Braves scored three times in the first two frames against the right-hander, who surrendered two walks and hit a batter while striking out three.

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Sep 20, 2017; Montero (50) delivers a pitch at Marlins Park. Credit: Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 20, 2017; Montero (50) delivers a pitch at Marlins Park. Credit: Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero allowed five earned runs, seven hits and two walks Wednesday afternoon during a loss to the Marlins in Miami.

"I felt good, I think they were just able to make adjustments. They weren't falling for my changeup," Montero said after the game. "I think they were aware of my changeup early on, so they weren't biting or swinging at it and instead going for my sinker and slider."

In the third inning, Montero tossed a 93.8 mph fastball that Marlins 1B Justin Bour hit for a two-run home run. It was the first home run Montero had allowed in six starts...

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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
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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.

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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
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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
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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.

 

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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."

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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
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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
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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.

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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

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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. 

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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.

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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. 


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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. 

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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
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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."

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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