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Rafael Montero | Starting Pitcher | #50

Team: New York Mets
Age / DOB:  (27) / 10/17/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 186
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2011 / UDFA / NYM
Contract: view contract details

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Rafael Montero allowed three runs over six innings Tuesday in a no-decision against the Mets.
Montero (likely) finishes a decent second half with a 4.79 ERA in 14 starts. It's not going to be enough to convince the Mets to pencil him into their 2018 rotation, but serviceable stopgap is still more than what was expected from him going into this year. Tue, Sep 26, 2017 11:06:00 PM

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Rafael Montero yielded five earned runs over four innings Wednesday in a loss to the Marlins.

Montero issued two walks and gave up seven hits, including a two-run homer to Justin Bour in the bottom of the third. The 26-year-old right-hander is now 5-11 on the season with a 5.30 ERA and 1.72 WHIP in 110 1/3 innings.
Wed, Sep 20, 2017 04:09:00 PM

Rafael Montero was chased after allowing three runs over 4 2/3 innings Friday against the Braves.

Montero allowed one run over his first four innings before running out of gas in the fifth inning. His final line could have been worse, but Chasen Bradford managed to get Dansby Swanson to fly out to center field to end the threat. Montero fanned six and walked two (one of them intentional), suffering his first loss since August 24. He’ll bring a 5.08 ERA into a start against the Marlins next week.
Fri, Sep 15, 2017 11:27:00 PM

Rafael Montero earned a 6-1 win over the Reds by allowing one run in five innings on Saturday.

He let in a run on a sacrifice fly in the second inning and that was it. He struggled to throw strikes, walking five batters and burning 97 pitches just to get through five frames. Montero surrendered only four hits and punched out five batters while improving to 5-9 on the season. He has a 5.05 ERA and 1.69 WHIP in 30 appearances, including 15 starts.
Sat, Sep 9, 2017 11:13:00 PM

Rafael Montero was charged with four runs over 5 1/3 innings in Monday’s 11-7 win over the Phillies.

Montero looked locked in early on, but he wasn’t the same after the Mets had a marathon six-run bottom of the fourth inning. He gave up one run in the fifth before fading in the sixth. Montero struck out three and walked five in the ugly victory. He’s now 4-9 with a 5.21 ERA on the year. Despite the uneven outing Monday, there’s some deeper league appeal here with the Reds and Braves coming up.
Mon, Sep 4, 2017 05:08:00 PM

Rafael Montero hurled 8 1/3 shutout frames to guide his team to a 2-0 win over the Reds on Wednesday.

He struck out eight batters and took a one-hitter into the ninth inning in the dominant outing against one of the better offenses in the league. He made it look easy for eight innings before running out of gas in the final frame. He was relieved after loading the bases on two hits and a walk. Closer A.J. Ramos then stranded Montero's runners by striking out the final two batters to preserve the shutout. Tonight's great game was out of character for Montero, who improves to 3-9 with a 5.12 ERA in 28 games, including 13 starts. He generates a lot of strikeouts but walks too many batters as shown by his 92:47 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 91 1/3 innings.
Wed, Aug 30, 2017 10:42:00 PM

Rafael Montero gave up three runs over 5 1/3 innings Thursday in a loss to the Diamondbacks.

Montero came up two outs shy of a third straight quality start. We still wouldn't trust him in NL-only leagues, but this rates as his most encouraging stretch in a couple of years. He's struck out 16 and allowed just one homer in 17 1/3 innings in his last three outings.
Thu, Aug 24, 2017 04:08:00 PM

Rafael Montero held the Marlins to one run over six innings in a win Saturday.

Montero allowed six hits and walked three, but he danced around most of the potential danger thanks in part to inducing 12 ground balls. The win was the first for Montero since June 25, leaving him at 2-8 on the year. He owns a 5.47 ERA and 1.73 WHIP through 77 1/3 innings. Montero's next start will come Thursday against the Diamondbacks.
Sat, Aug 19, 2017 11:15:00 PM

Rafael Montero allowed two earned runs over six innings Monday in a no-decision versus the Yankees.

Montero pitched well for the most part, racking up six strikeouts, but Gary Sanchez hit a run-scoring sac fly against the 26-year-old right-hander in the bottom of the fourth inning and Aaron Judge belted a game-tying solo homer off him in the bottom of the sixth. Montero has a 5.80 ERA and 1.75 WHIP in 10 starts and 14 relief appearances this season with the Mets.
Mon, Aug 14, 2017 10:36:00 PM

Rafael Montero was touched up for four runs over three innings of work in Wednesday’s loss to the Rangers.

Most of the damage came in the first inning, as Montero gave up three runs on four hits, a walk, a hit by pitch and a balk. He plunked two batters on the day and walked three in addition to five hits allowed, so it could have been worse. Montero has offered the occasional bright spot since joining the Mets’ rotation, but he’s mostly been bad. He’ll get the Yankees in the Bronx his next time out.
Wed, Aug 9, 2017 03:45:00 PM

Rafael Montero surrendered five runs on three hits over 4 2/3 innings while taking a no-decision in Friday's win over the Mariners.

Montero was working with a 4-0 lead heading into the bottom of the third inning before the Mariners started to chip away. Mike Zunino would burn him for a solo home run in the frame, with the other four runs on his line scoring in the fourth inning. Two of those came home as inherited runners after Montero exited stage left with two outs. He finished the evening having struck out five and -- shield your eyes -- walked five. Up next on the docket, a road start against the Rockies. Montero will carry a rough 5.56 ERA and 1.73 WHIP into that affair.
Sat, Jul 29, 2017 02:09:00 AM

Rafael Montero surrendered three runs over seven innings Sunday in a loss to the Athletics.

Montero gave up three solo home runs as the Mets fell 3-2 to the visiting A's. He's now 1-7 on the season with a 5.19 ERA, 1.73 WHIP, and 52/26 K/BB ratio in 52 innings. A road start against the Mariners comes next.
Sun, Jul 23, 2017 05:09:00 PM

Rafael Montero allowed four runs -- two earned -- over six innings in a loss to the Cardinals on Tuesday.

Montero appeared to be in for a long night after allowing four runs through his first two innings of work, but he settled down to register a quality start despite taking the loss. The right-hander gave up seven hits and a walk while striking out five in the start. With the loss, Montero fell to 1-6 with a 5.40 ERA and 1.82 WHIP in 45 innings this season. The 26-year-old will next take on the Athletics in an interleague matchup on Sunday.
Tue, Jul 18, 2017 11:35:00 PM

Rafael Montero's next turn in the Mets' rotation will be skipped.

The rainout on Wednesday allows the Mets to skip their No. 5 starter. Jacob DeGrom will start Friday after having Wednesday's start washed out, while Zack Wheeler will move back a day to Saturday to start in Montero's old spot.
Fri, Jul 7, 2017 02:44:00 PM

Rafael Montero surrendered four runs on eight hits over 6 1/3 innings in Sunday's loss to the Phillies.

A four-run second inning proved to be Montero's undoing in this one. In that frame, he coughed up a two-run single to Maikel Franco and an RBI single to Andrew Knapp. Knapp would later come home on a wild pitch to polish off the inning's scoring. Montero will carry a 5.63 ERA and 1.88 WHIP (17 appearances, four starts) into a home showdown with the Padres next time he takes to the mound.
Sun, Jul 2, 2017 04:07:00 PM

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