The case for Rafael Montero over Dillon Gee

Matt Harvey is a star, someone who should be in the rotation as long as he’s healthy. Dillon Gee is a placeholder, a competent MLB pitcher who should be in the rotation until someone better comes along. Gee has done a fine job for the Mets, making 103 starts for the club. We should salute his efforts for the team the past four-plus seasons. However, just because he has been...
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6 hours ago  |  Discuss

With Urgent Questions Simmering, Why Still The Mystery With Gee?

Why do the Mets insist on going the mystery route when it comes to announcing roles in its pitching staff? When Zack Wheeler was lost for the season it was announced Dillon Gee would assume his spot in the rotation. Manager Terry Collins said as such, but at the same time pitching coach Dan Warthen said it was an open competition between Gee and Rafael Montero. GEE: C’mon, make...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Montero Could Be Best No. 5 Pitcher In League

It wasn’t long ago that we were referring to Rafael Montero as “The Dominator” here at MMO, as his pitching performances often left us with our mouths hanging open, and each performance seemed to get better and better. Then he was called up to make a few starts with the Mets last year, and all the hype caught up to him. He didn’t look like the same guy that we watched dominate...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

MMO Game Recap: Mets 7, Yankees 2

The New York Mets beat the New York Yankees by a score of 7-2 on Wednesday at Gearge M. Steinbrenner Field. Offense: What can I say about future All Star Juan Lagares that I haven’t said already? Wow, another great game from Lagares who went 2-for-3 with a double, home run, two runs scored, two RBI, and a stolen base. he’s batting .395 with a 1.102 OPS. Some kind of Juan-derful...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Game Chatter: Rafael Montero vs. Masahiro Tanaka (3/25/15)

Note that this game is only televised on YES Related Posts: Game Chatter: Masahiro Tanaka vs. Rafael Montero (5/14/14) Would Masahiro Tanaka make sense for the Mets? Game Chatter: Rafael Montero vs. A.J. Burnett (5/30/14) Game Chatter: Rafael Montero vs. Samuel Deduno (9/27/14) Game Chatter: Josh Beckett vs. Rafael Montero (5/20/14)
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Yankees, 1:05 PM

The New York Mets travel to Tampa to take on the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field for a Subway Series spring rematch at 1:05 PM. Rafael Montero will take the mound for the Mets and will be opposed by Masahiro Tanaka for the Yanks. The Mets blanked the Yankees 6-0 at Tradition Field in the first round of the two game series on Sunday. Today in Manhattan, Zack Wheeler...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 MMO Top 25 Prospects: Numbers 10-6

No. 10 Jhoan Urena, 3B Age: 20Height: 6’1 Weight: 200 Bats/Throws: Both/Right Last year: Unranked Synopsis: The Mets signed Jhoan Urena out of the Dominican Republic in 2011 for $425,000 because of his ability to drive the ball from both sides of the plate. Jhoan set career highs last year in every offensive category hitting .300/.356/.431 with 5 HR’s and 47 RBI’s over...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Gee Will Likley Win 5th Starter Job, Montero Still A Possibility

Even though Dillon Gee is the clear frontrunner for the final spot in the Mets rotation, Rafael Montero is not being ruled out just yet. According to Andy Martino of the Daily News, there is still conversation in the Mets organization about naming Montero as the 5th starter The article also contains some good quotes from Gee, who needs to build up his endurance for a starting role...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Why Is This Man Smiling?

I can’t remember a spring training day where the Mets had a split squad day … and both games were on television at the same time. This was an excuse to use the picture in picture on the television. There was a lot to keep track of. The big studs in the lineup were in Jupiter to face the Cardinals. But Dillon Gee and Rafael Montero were back in Port St. Lucie to go against the...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Rafael Montero Could Start Season In Mets’ Bullpen

With the news of Zack Wheeler‘s injury, It is becoming increasingly likely that prospect Rafael Montero will be on the Mets Opening Day roster. Dillon Gee will move back into the rotation to replace Wheeler, which opens up a spot for Montero in the bullpen. According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, recent comments made by Sandy Alderson strongly indicate that Montero could potentially...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Game Recap: Marlins 8, Mets 7

In today’s other split squad game, the Mets traveled to Jupiter and lost to the Miami Marlins by a score of 8-7. Things were looking good early as top prospect Steven Matz got the start and looked great, tossing two hitless innings. The Long Island lefty allowed only one baserunner, leadoff batter Dee Gordon, who was hit by the first pitch of the game. Rafael Montero followed...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Intrasquad and Grapefruit League Pitching Assignments

The Mets will have an intrasquad game on Tuesday before beginning their Grapefruit League games on Wednesday. Here’s the pitchers slated to go for Tuesday’s noon intrasquad game: Team Blue Jonathon Niese Rafael Montero Sean Gilmartin Carlos Torres Vic Black Team Orange Zack Wheeler Jenrry Mejia Buddy Carlyle Jeurys Familia The Mets also announced the pitching assignments for...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets Notes: Rafael Montero Odd Man Out, Collins Misses Eric Young Jr.

Terry Collins pretty much ruled out any chance of Rafael Montero winning a job in the bullpen if Dillon Gee goes untraded. “I’m not sure where Raffy would fit in that bullpen coming out of spring training. If Dillon is there, we’ve only got one more spot left, and you might go with a little more experienced guy at the start of the season.” As it stands now, Jenrry Mejia...
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February 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Several Mets Bullpen Decisions To Be Sorted Out This Spring

Anthony DiComo of MLB.com recently wrote that of all the top prospects in camp including Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, and Kevin Plawecki, right-hander Rafael Montero is the only one with big league experience and the best bet to make New York’s Opening Day roster. Though the Mets’ rotation is currently full, he says, the bullpen has a couple of spots up for grabs. “Montero...
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February 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Is the Mets’ bullpen finally turning it around?

Over the past three seasons, the Mets bullpen has the eighth highest ERA among Major League teams and forth among National League teams. The National League teams that have had a worse bullpen ERA, the Phillies, Rockies, and Cubs, all play in notorious hitters parks. Based on innings pitched per appearance by reliever the Mets rank very poorly, but they are not in bad company at...
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February 02, 2015  |  Discuss

What is Rafael Montero’s role in 2015?

As the New York Mets start approaching the beginning of Spring Training, players will be excited to be back, and eager to know their role in the upcoming season. Bloggers and reporters who follow the team have been writing about possible position battles that will take place in Spring Training, but there has not been much talk or curiosity about Rafael Montero’s role on the ball...
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February 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Don’t Count Out Rafael Montero

I remember the game because it was on my birthday, September 27. A meaningless game but as the season was almost over I felt the need to absorb what precious little baseball was left. I wanted to watch Rafael Montero’s outing because I’d noticed a change in him over his previous few starts. He was challenging hitters more and looking like the prospect we were led to believe...
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January 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Mets 2015 Top 10 prospects

Earlier this offseason, four writers at various points collaborated on a prospect list for the Mets that went 50 deep. Click here if you’re curious about those rankings. My participation was on the lower part of the list, knowing that this top 10 list you’re about to read would be coming out. This list is the work of just one writer – me. This is neither a regurgitation...
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January 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Will Rafael Montero be on the roster in 2015?

Rafael Montero signed very late compared to most players out of the Dominican Republic. Most kids sign around the age of 16 or 17, but Montero did not sign with the Mets until he was 20 years old. In his first year with the Mets organization he posted a 5-4 record to a tune of a 2.15 ERA. After 2011 he was on a few top prospect lists, but was not many, partially due to how late...
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November 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets360 2014 Projection Review: Rafael Montero and Noah Syndergaard

We’re winding down our projection review series. Today, we’ll look to the future – a future we all thought was closer than it turned out to be. Met fans were pretty lucky in 2012 and 2013 – all evidence to the contrary. In 2012, we got to witness Matt Harvey’s bursting arrival. From his very first start, we all recognized a talent that could not be contained, would not...
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October 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Is Rafael Montero The One The Mets Trade?

The Mets are highly reluctant to trade any of their young pitchers this winter, despite an urgent need to upgrade the offense, writes Andy Martino of the Daily News. However it’s not impossible to imagine Zack Wheeler, Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom and to some extent Rafael Montero playing for different teams next year, he says. This offseason will be filled with lots of Mets...
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October 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Baseball America: Syndergaard, Montero, Plawecki Make PCL Top 20

Today Baseball America completed their league-by-league Top 20 Prospect lists by posting both the International and Pacific Coast League. In the Pacific Coast League, three Mets prospects made the grade with Noah Syndergaard ranking 5th, Rafael Montero ranking 14th, and catcher Kevin Plawecki coming in at 16th. This is what they had to say: 5. Noah Syndergaard, RHP, Las Vegas...
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October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets Will Allow Montero To Pitch In Dominican League

The Mets have granted permission for Rafael Montero to pitch for his native Escondido in the Dominican League this winter. According to ESPN’s Adam Rubin, Montero spoke to Dominican reporter Héctor Gómez. “I’m eager to throw in my country. This will be a dream come true…I am sure Daniel Cabrera, Jorge Sosa, Edward Valdez, Carlos Pimentel and I will form a solid starting...
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October 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Rafael Montero succeeds despite a flawed game plan

Making his first start, and just his second appearance in 17 days, Rafael Montero was surprisingly sharp Saturday night versus the Astros. Despite having pitched just one inning in the long layoff, Montero came out and for the most part threw strikes and he allowed just one run. After getting hit hard in his first five starts in the majors, Montero closed the year with a grand...
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September 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Rafael Montero earns the right to keep pitching as a starter

Earlier this month, Terry Collins announced that Rafael Montero would get at least one more start in the majors this year. True to his word, Collins gave the rookie a start Wednesday night and Montero rewarded his manager with 5.1 scoreless innings and he picked up the win as the Mets swept the Rockies with a 2-0 triumph in the series finale. In his last two starts, Montero has...
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September 11, 2014  |  Discuss
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