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Get Rid Of Rafael Montero Now

Last night, the score was tied 2-2 entering the 10th inning. With the heavy bullpen use of his key relievers, Terry Collins was certainly justified in pulling Addison Reed after one inning. However, for some reason, Collins decided the move that best helped the Mets win that game last night was to bring in Rafael Montero. It was the latest incident in what has been a bizarre fascination with him.

There was a time back in 2014 where Montero was regarded as the Mets best pitching prospect. In fact, he was better regarded than Jacob deGrom. Believe it or not, the belief was justifiable. Back then, Montero was a three pitch pitcher that had a fastball he could get into the mid 90s. With that, he had a pretty good change-up and slider. In fact, he still does. However, what set Montero apart back then was he had exceptional control. That control has escaped him, and as a result, he’s not even a shadow of the highly touted prospect.

During his time with the Mets, we have seen Montero get chance after chance after chance. It’s a mixture of his talent, injuries, and just pure stubbornness to move on from him. Last season, Montero was the first player cut from Major League camp in Spring Training. He struggled so much in Triple-A, he was actually demoted to Double-A. However, due to the Mets pitching staff becoming a M*A*S*H* unit, he was called up to the majors. He rewarded their faith by pitching to an 8.05 ERA and a 2.053 WHIP in nine appearances, and somehow, he probably wasn’t even that good.

After that season, he is still somehow with the organization. In the offseason, the Mets had to make multiple 40 man moves to accommodate free agent signings. The Mets would DFA Ty Kelly. In separate deals, they traded both Logan Verrett and Gabriel Ynoa for cash. Each one of these players has either had some measure of major league success, had some value to the team, or had some level of promise.

It’s just not the Mets front office. It’s also Collins. Last night, he had a well rested Sean Gilmartin, and instead he went with Montero. Keep in mind, Gilmartin has had success with the Mets as a long reliever. In 2015, Gilmartin made 50 appearances going 3-2 with a 2.67 ERA and a 1.186 WHIP. That season is better than anything Montero has ever done in the majors.

Arguably, Gilmartin on his worst day is better than what you can expect from Montero. Montero entered the game and did what you expected him to do . . . he lost it. In 0.1 innings, he allowed three hits and four runs. The only out he recorded was on a sacrifice fly hit to the right field wall.

Including last night’s game, Montero has made 30 appearances and 12 starts going 1-7 with a 5.51 ERA and a 1.800 WHIP. On the season, Montero is 0-2 with a 9.45 ERA and a 3.600 WHIP. His BB/9 is an almost impossibly high 10 .8. It is all part of Montero not being the same pitcher the MEts thought he was. It continues the trens of Montero getting worse each and every season.

The Mets shouldn’t even wait for Jeurys Familia to be available on Thursday to send Montero to Triple-A. Send him on the first plane back. Bring up Paul Sewald for a day if you want an extra bullpen arm. If you want to lengthen what is a short bench, call up Matt Reynolds, which as an aside, may not be a bad move considering the poor defensive options the Mets have at third base. Seriously, the Mets should do anything . . . literally anything because anything is better than having to see Montero pitch in another game.

4 thoughts on “Get Rid Of Rafael Montero Now”

  1. Gothamist says:

    Great post, superb and accurate detail…. I watched Ynoa’s stats year after year and his few very unsuccessful outings last year in Queens…. despite a methodic rise in the Mets system including 25 starts at LV last year he did not make the Orioles roster this spring and has not had a good start this year in AAA.

    I agree that Montero needs to prove once again over another season at LV that he has not only the confidence to throw his pitches but he must almost always hit spots ONLY on the peripheral of the strike zone and do it with a reliever’s mindset.

    I saw Sewald this year and I do wonder that if Montero can not afford to not hit his spots in comparison Sewald only topping his fastball out well below 93, Sewald without a occassionally throwning an unhittable offspeed pitch in the strike zone can Sewald relax, not walk batters if he cannot hit his spots on almost every pitch at the major league level?

    Sewald seems to have a great makeup and I it would be great thst he can be a major leaguer.

    Maybe it is about perfecting the changing speeds on his fastball, having four pitches that he can throw for strikes, be able to pound the strike zone up with the Mets then he might have a future career.

    He has had sufficient reps at LV yet without an overpowering fastball maybe after Logan Verrett’s two stints, Sean Gilmartin’s regression the club realizes that the three lefties must pitch many more innings this spring and maybe by June so rone at LV will be ready to step in ala Adam Wainwright 2006?

    How long did Tanska rehab before he returned (Lugo)?
    Are we not counting on Matz for 2017 to move Gsellman to the pen?
    Who are our LV candidates for successful call ups this early summer?

    1. metsdaddy says:

      I’d move Gsellman to AAA before the pen. Once Familia is back, the pen is really solid

      1. Gothamist says:

        I agree that Gsellman can benefit from a full year at LV for who knows about the current starters and Harvey is only here until 2018.

        Familia, overuse resulted possibly in Gilespie’s game winning hit?
        Remember our long relief in 2006?
        + Specialists for 5th, 6th, 7th, etc innings?
        Who will be our rubber armed consistent and average performing innings eater after Familia returns? Same guy for Extra innings, being on the wrong side of a blowout? Or if a Starter gets a blister in first inning?

        Is Dave Rosebloom a 2017 possibility?
        I did not watch him in March.

        1. metsdaddy says:

          Roseboom is a possibility. McGowan is too. Don’t rule out Sewald being better next time.

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