Montero Back To Form, Mets Back To Losers

Well, the good Rafael Montero we had seen become one of the Mets most reliable starters turned back into the Montero of old.  In his four innings of work, Montero had allowed seven hits, two walks, and five earned runs.

The Marlins went to work against him right away with a Dee Gordon lead-off double.  For a moment, it seemed like Montero would get out of the inning unscathed, but he would allow a two out RBI single to Marcell Ozuna.  After a 1-2-3 second and Montero retiring the first two batters of the third, it seemed as if Montero had settled in and was ready to go deep into the game.

That was until a two out walk to Christian Yelich got the rally started.  Yelich stole second and scored on Ozuna’s second RBI two out RBI single of the game.  For a moment, it seemed as if Jose Reyes could make a play on the ball, but it went right by him.  After a Justin Bour two run homer, the Marlins were up 4-0, and it became an easy game for Jose Urena and the Marlins.

The Mets would make things look better than they were.  Travis d’Arnaud would hit a pinch hit RBI single in the fifth scoring Kevin PlaweckiBrandon Nimmo would hit a seventh inning homer to pull the Mets to within a manageable 5-2 score.  It seemed like the Mets would have a chance with Chris Flexen pitching two scoreless innings in what might have been his best outing in a Mets uniform.

It was all for naught as the Marlins would play Home Run Derby against Erik Goeddel in the eighth.  He allowed homers to A.J. Ellis, Miguel Rojas, and Giancarlo Stanton to turn a 5-2 lead into a 9-2 lead.  For Stanton, it was his 56th homer of the year.  Too bad for Stanton, he no longer has games against the Mets in his chase of Roger Maris.

To that extent, the Mets had maybe one win in what was a putrid sweep at the hands of the Marlins.  The Mets will now get a day off, and they will come home for the last home series of the season.  For the first time in two years, that does not involve a loss in a postseason series.

Game Notes: Amed Rosario missed his third straight game with a gastroenteritis.



6 thoughts on “Montero Back To Form, Mets Back To Losers”

  1. Gothamist says:

    A- I am happy to say that Fernando Salas is being used well and Salas has cut his ERA in half and his WHIP by 60%!

    You are not washed up Fernando

    B- Erik Goeddel – I am pulling for you. Just as I thought you turned the corner with many good outings ….. See if Ramos will teach you his slider, tomorrow morning!

    C- Paul Sewald- See if Ramos will teach you his slider, tomorrow morning!

    D- Robles- Stop throwing FBs…. use it 10% of the time. See if Ramos will teach you his slider, tomorrow morning!

    E- Steve Matz – bullpen
    F- Zach Wheeler – bullpen or Las Vegas
    G- Familia – if you get a great offer Sandy Alderson, trade him for in 13 months, he is gone. He like Lucas Duda is dreaming of $13m a year
    H- Ramos is gone also next November (too high of a career WHIP)
    I- Sign Wade Davis if he will have you… he will return to the Cubs?

    1. metsdaddy says:

      A – Always thought it was the way Salas was used more than anything else

      B – I don’t think Goeddel is the answer. Too injury prone, not enough results

      C – Sewald has a fine slider. He’s just tiring.

      D – Answer for Robles is to clear his head and clean up his mechanics

      E – Matz is still a starter

      F – Bullpen

      G – you’re not getting a big offer for Familia. He’s your closer next year, and that’s a good thing

      H – Ramos is a good 7th inning guy. Not sure past that.

      I – Not sure, but we do know he won’t be a Met.

  2. Gothamist says:

    Ok, Sewald has a slider and Sewald is tired….
    What quality reliever ever needed the media to excuse such results because he is tired?
    Shut him down 8/20/17?

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Saying a pitcher, who’s been used with more frequency than he’s been used before, is tiring is not an excuse. It’s an explanation.

  3. Gothamist says:

    Montero, there is no point having him get repetitions on his “new routine” in DR Winter, Arizona or Mexico he always before and after shohlder woes excels below the MLB level.

    He must start 2018 in middle relief or be in a package in a trade for solid player from Seattle, Minnesota, Angels etc… He can come back to haunt us if he gets courage and locates better.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      I’m not even sure Montero can handle middle relief. Frankly, I think he’s long relief or nothing

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