Do the New York Mets HAVE to move a starting pitcher before Opening Day?

The New York Mets currently have six starters for five spots, with three young prospects who could come up as needed in 2015. Let’s break this down. Six Starters: Matt Harvey Jacob deGrom Zack Wheeler Jon Niese Bartolo Colon Dillon Gee Prospects on the verge of the majors: Rafael Montero (who pitched briefly in the majors in 2014) Noah Syndergaard (who was supposed...
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15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Mets Rotation: A Difference Between Depth And Potential

There’s a distinct difference between depth and potential when it comes to the Mets’ rotation. There’s a lot to like about their potential, but you should be careful not to equate the names with depth. Matt Harvey, Bartolo Colon, Zack Wheeler, Jacob deGrom, Dillon Gee, Jon Niese, Rafael Montero, Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz give you nine names, but also nine questions....
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Wright Believes In His Team, Supports GM’s Decision Not To Trade Young Arm

Speaking to Newsday reporter Marc Carig at his fundraiser to benefit a children’s hospital in his hometown Friday night, Mets third baseman David Wright said he supports Sandy Alderson’s decision not to trade a young arm like Steven Matz, Rafael Montero or Noah Syndergaard to bring in a player that can fill or upgrade a vital position. “My focus is short term,” he said....
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Projecting Triple-A Las Vegas 51′s Roster

With the Major League roster pretty close to being set minus 2nd lefty and possibly the last bench spot, lets take a look at what could be the opening day roster for the Las Vegas 51′s. Starting Rotation Noah Syndergaard – Ace in Vegas until the Super Two cutoff. Steven Matz – Started last year in St. Lucie but he is rising fast. Rafael Montero – Seems like most the likely...
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11 days ago  |  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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15 days ago  |  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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18 days ago  |  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

Montero gets 1st career win, Mets beat Rockies 2-0

NEW YORK (AP) Rafael Montero earned his first major league win, Eric Young Jr. went 3 for 3 with an RBI triple and the suddenly surging New York Mets beat the Colorado Rockies 2-0 Wednesday night for their fourth consecutive victory. Montero (1-3) returned from the minors and allowed three hits over 5 1-3 innings in his seventh big league start. Juan Lagares had a sacrifice fly...
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September 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Jacob deGrom and the Rookie of the Year

When the season began, if I told you that a Mets starting pitcher was in the Rookie of the Year hunt, who would you have guessed? The obvious answers are Rafael Montero and Noah Syndergaard. Well, Montero hasn’t had a good start to his big league career and we will have to wait until next year for a Syndergaard sighting. Jacob deGrom emerged out of nowhere to take Mets fans...
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September 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Rafael Montero To Start Wednesday vs. Colorado

Mets manager Terry Collins confirmed this afternoon that righthander Rafael Montero will get a spot start on Wednesday versus the Colorado Rockies in order to give the rest of the rotation an extra day’s rest. Montero, 23, is currently in his third stint with New York this season after being recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on Friday. In seven games for the Mets this season, Montero...
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September 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Rafael Montero Recalled From AAA

After last nights victory over the Reds, the Mets recalled Rafael Montero from AAA Las Vegas. Montero pitched in the opening game of the Pacific Coast League playoffs on Wednesday, where he was ineffective. He went just 4 1/3, allowing 3 runs, 4 walks and 7 hits. According to Adam Rubin of ESPN, Mets officials say there is no injury to a current member of the rotation. Terry Collins...
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September 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets Notes: Montero Optioned, DeGrom Returns To The Hill, A Six-Man Rotation

The Mets optioned RHP Rafael Montero to Triple-A Las Vegas following last night’s game to make room for Jacob deGrom who will be activated in time for his start against the Los Angeles Dodgers tonight. DeGrom says he is pain-free and is looking forward to pitching through the end of the season. He was 6-5 with a 2.87 ERA when he was shut down with discomfort in his right shoulder...
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August 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Rafael Montero Pitches For His Future, Dominates Cubs

While Rafael Montero has only made six starts in his young major league career, it seems like we’ve been talking about him for a while. With other dominant young arms in the Mets farm system, Montero is often the forgotten man. Yesterday, he reminded us how he pitched to a 2.63 ERA over four seasons in the minor leagues and why he shouldn’t be the forgotten man on the Mets. On...
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August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

MMO Game Recap: Cubs 2, Mets 1

The New York Mets (59-66) took on the Chicago Cubs (52-71) this afternoon at Citi Field, for the third game of a four game series. Rafael Montero was looking for his first major league victory, and was opposed by Cubs ace Jake Arrieta. What you should know: Rafael Montero pitched the best outing of his young major league career today, as he would go 7.1 innings, allowing one run...
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August 17, 2014  |  Discuss

DeGrom Feels Good, Montero Expected To Make Two More Starts

Mets rookie righthander Jacob deGrom told reporters yesterday that he is feeling better since being placed on the disabled list with rotator cuff tendinitis. He was scheduled to throw a bullpen on Thursday, but the Mets decided to hold off until this weekend. However, deGrom says he feels much stronger than he did a week ago and expects to make his scheduled start against the...
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August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Rafael Montero’s struggle should not be a major concern

Last night, Rafael Montero made his first start for the Mets in over a month. Montero was just recently called up from Triple A Las Vegas to replace Jacob deGrom while deGrom suffers from shoulder soreness. While Montero struggled in his return to the major leagues, the struggles should not be the doomsday that many suggest it could be. Montero isn’t the first starting pitcher...
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August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets put RHP deGrom on DL, promote RHP Montero

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Mets have put right-hander Jacob deGrom on the 15-day disabled list because of rotator cuff tendinitis and called up righty Rafael Montero to start. Montero was promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas to pitch Tuesday night against Washington. The 26-year-old deGrom has excelled in his first season in the majors, going 6-5 with a 2.87 ERA in 16 starts. His move...
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August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Nationals, 7:10 PM

Tonight the Mets return home to open up a series against the Washington Nationals. Rafael Montero (0-2, 5.40) returns from AAA to start in place of Jacob DeGrom to face Doug Fister (11-3, 2.49) for the second time this month. Montero’s last start was back on May 30th when he received a no-decision in a 14-inning 6-5 defeat against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. He tossed 3...
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August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Why Did Mets Go With Montero Instead Of Syndergaard?

Kevin Kernan of the NY Post believes the Mets chose the wrong pitching prospect to promote when they opted to name Rafael Montero the replacement for the injured Jacob deGrom instead of using the opportunity to usher in the MLB debut of Noah Syndergaard. This would have been the perfect game to have Syndergaard make his major league debut. What’s wrong with offering the fans...
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August 12, 2014  |  Discuss
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