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Montero will get late season spot start

Mets prospect Rafael Montero will get a late season start, manager Terry Collins told reporters on Monday (Rubin, Sept. 1).

The start is expected to come later this month. The Mets won’t got to a six-man rotation, something the organization considered doing. The Mets will use Montero when there is a six-day stretch without an off-day. The Mets want to keep their five starters on regular rest throughout September.

Montero came up early in the season is was 0-3 with a 5.23 ERA in six starts, seven appearances.




27 comments
hlnomad89
hlnomad89

How is the Mets have a pitching coach who had all of 3 years in the majors with a 12-21 lifetime record and a 4.31 ERA.  There has to be better available pitching coaches around. Why is Warthen still with the Mets?  Their hitting coach is equally incompetent and Collins is a major disaster.  The Mets will never be winners with a coaching staff like this.  Wake up, Alderson.  Is this team to remain in the cellar forever.

hlnomad89
hlnomad89

Let the NY teams trade managers.  Girardi could easily have this Met team in the playoffs and the Yankees with Collins would be in last place.  Just look at 1 run games.  There is the whole season for the Mets.  Those are the games where the manager has to make the right decision.  Collins is a loser and Girardi a winner.  Hence the records of each club reflect that stat. 

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

Jesus, the other Montero has been suspended for the remainder of the season by the Mariners for trying to hit team scout Butch Baccala with a bat during a minor league game.  Apparently Baccala got on Montero about his weight and actually had an ice cream sandwich sent down to the dugout during a game for Montero's consumption.  Reports have it that it was the dessert delivery that sparked the altercation.  Can't make this stuff up. 

triviaace
triviaace

Houston has taken the lead by firing their manager,  when are the Mets going to follow their lead and send Terry on his way.  Four seasons of losses greater than wins are enough.  How much longer are we to suffer?  It would be nice to see Alderson go with him so we can start clean in 2015.

Robby Johnson
Robby Johnson

The toughest thing - from a fan's perspective - about the Mets having so much quality young pitching is that it's so tempting to base our expectations on the entire group rather than the individual players.


Basically what I'm saying is every young pitcher isn't the same - and I feel like most Mets fan have learned that after being spoiled with Harvey and witnessing Wheeler work through some growing pains.  The same can be said for deGrom - even though he pitched outstanding from the get-go, but fell victim to some bad luck.


So when it comes to Montero, I could really care less how he finishes the year.  Obviously I'd like to see him dominate, but even that wouldn't completely change my views of him.  He's a young arm with as much talent as anyone in the farm system - he just needs to keep adapting to his newest level and learn how to generate outs like he's done his whole career.  And I have faith that he will.  So it's not so much about HOW Montero does - it's about him continuing to log innings and build confidence for 2015.  

Jeff Lubatkin
Jeff Lubatkin

Watched Parnell doing some tossing today during the pre-game.  He looks like he has gained some weight.

Jeff Lubatkin
Jeff Lubatkin

Montero has shown flashes.  I think his upside as a starter is a better version of Dillon Gee.  Considering he is 5 or 6 years younger, I would gladly have him in the rotation next year and package Gee in the offseason.  I also think Montero can be a really good back end of the bullpen guy.  He would pick up a couple of miles on his velocity and he has control.

Not4Nutten
Not4Nutten

Montero is our best pitching prospect not on the team, he should be up here, the young man is a stud, reminds me of a Young Pedro!

Jay Cross
Jay Cross

I'm trying to think of an intelligent reason they're not giving Syndergaard a start before reflexively blaming "LOLmets stupidity. Can someone help me out? 

nagel100
nagel100

won't change a thing.  kid is trade bait at best.

cyjabeli
cyjabeli

absolutely........Need the trade bait.......

grillruben
grillruben

Can't let him interfere with Colon's starts!!!

C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

Audition tape for prospective buyers in the off season.  If Montero can pitch lights out in that start, Sandy can beat his chest about having sent Montero down and watching him better his skills during the year.  

"He's a kid with good command and he's very coachable"

balonius
balonius

Great writing. How about reading it over once before you put this error filled article on the site?

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

@Not4Nutten Best pitching prospect? Based on what?

Metsfan62
Metsfan62

@Not4Nutten  all he's done when called up is stunk up the place . Stud ? He's not a stud !

Metsfan62
Metsfan62

@Jay Cross  its all about money ! You wont see him till mid to late June 2015.

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

@Jay Cross He's still very young and inconsistent and the Mets, as usual, have oversold him.  Even though it shouldn't matter, they don't want to run the risk of him getting lit up for all the world to see. 

Not4Nutten
Not4Nutten

I saw him pitch against The Cards at Citi Field this Year, he was outstanding!

Robby Johnson
Robby Johnson

@Macacawitz I agree with that.  And while its disconcerting that we haven't actually gotten to see this 6'6, 240 lb mountain of hype yet, it's not a huge deal to me when I really think about it.


The reality is that an injury or two mixed with inconsistent pitching hasn't warranted a call-up.  More reality - he just turned 22 a few days ago.  It will obviously be disappointing to have gone this entire season without seeing him, but at the end of the day - it is what it is.