Mets rookie RHP Rafael Montero may have been tipping pitches in his start last week, pitching coach Dan Warthen said (NY Post, May 20).
“We changed things to see if we can get that rectified,” Warthen is quoted as saying.
Montero allowed three runs in six innings during his debut against the Yankees last week at Citi Field.
“I couldn’t have asked for anything better,” Terry Collins said after Montero’s first start. “I really liked him. This guy’s going to be good.”
He makes his second career start tonight facing the Dodgers at 7:10 pm.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
May 15: 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 (in his first start), 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.