Mets 23-year-old Rafael Montero pitched six innings and allowed three runs in his big-league debut Wednesday against the Yankees.
“I thought he threw the ball well,” Daniel Murphy said after the game. “I almost threw up in my first big-league game, and I didn’t have to face the Yankee lineup. I’m excited about him. I think he’s going to be just fine.”
Eric Young Jr misplayed a line drive that let in the first run charged to Montero. Yangervis Solarte and Mark Teixeira later hit home runs.
“I couldn’t have asked for anything better,” said Terry Collins. “I really liked him. This guy’s going to be good.”
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
Montero hit his spots well, there is no denying it. This is his calling card and it’s well earned. My only concern with him, as it was during Spring Training, is if he’s even slightly off he ends up grooving fastballs, which good hitters will tee off on. That said, he barely used his change-up last night, which will help this. I’m guessing the idea was to just play to his strengths until otherwise needed. I was also impressed with how he got more economical later in the game. He tossed 69 pitches through three innings, but grew more efficient as the game went on. This is rare for a young pitcher, especially a guy making his big-league debut, and something that gives more confidence about his ability to stick around.