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Rafael Montero | Relief Pitcher | #50

Team: New York Mets
Age / DOB:  (26) / 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 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. Jul 23 - 5:09 PM

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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.
Jul 18 - 11:35 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.
Jul 7 - 2:44 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.
Jul 2 - 4:07 PM

Rafael Montero will start Sunday against the Phillies.

Montero was expected to lose his spot in the rotation upon Zack Wheeler's return from the disabled list but a hamstring injury to Robert Gsellman bought him more time. On the surface it looks like a favorable matchup for Montero, though he allowed four runs in only 1/3 of an inning when he faced the Phils back on April 18.
Jun 29 - 5:21 PM

Rafael Montero surrendered one run on five hits over 5 2/3 innings in Sunday's win over the Giants.

Montero struck out seven and walked two on the afternoon. Only a Buster Posey sacrifice fly in the third inning prevented him from a shutout outing. This may just have been a one-off start for the 26-year-old right-hander, as he was filling in for the injured Zack Wheeler (biceps). Wheeler is hoping to be able to make his next turn through the rotation.
Jun 25 - 7:53 PM

Rafael Montero will start Sunday against the Giants.

He's taking Zack Wheeler's spot in the rotation. Montero has struggled as a starter this year, going 0-1 with a 10.80 ERA in his two starts. Even against a struggling Giants team, Montero won't be a recommended streaming option.
Jun 22 - 8:34 PM

Rafael Montero will make a spot start on Wednesday against the Dodgers if he's not needed out of the bullpen before then.

If Montero is needed in relief Monday or Tuesday, Tyler Pill will start Wednesday. Neither would be desirable streamers.
Jun 19 - 7:09 PM

Mets recalled RHP Rafael Montero from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Montero will join the team as bullpen depth with Josh Smoker hitting the disabled list due to a left shoulder strain. In 19 2/3 previous innings at the big league level this season, Montero owned an unsightly 8.24 ERA and 2.54 WHIP. Probably needless to say, he is unlikely to see any high-leverage work with this most recent call-up.
Jun 14 - 6:59 PM

Mets optioned RHP Rafael Montero to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Montero was knocked around in a spot start Thursday and has been ineffective both as a starter and reliever for the Mets. It could be a while before we see him again.
May 26 - 3:43 PM

Rafael Montero struggled in three innings of work Thursday, allowing three runs on five hits in a loss to the Padres.

Montero also walked three while striking out four. Anyone looking at the final score might not expect that the Mets' starter was so bad -- in relief of Montero, the Mets bullpen allowed just one run over the next six innings to hold it to a 4-3 game. He's now struggled in two of three starts on the year, and Montero has failed to get out of the fourth inning in any of them. That's what an 8.24 ERA and 2.54 WHIP look like, but unfortunately for the Mets, it's not like they're flush with better options right now. Still, they can probably do better than the 26-year-old their next time out.
May 25 - 10:43 PM

Rafael Montero will make a spot start Thursday against the Padres.

Montero is starting in place of Jacob deGrom, who had his start pushed back to Friday due to weather concerns. The right-hander fared poorly in his first start this year, scattering seven hits, five runs and three walks over 3 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Marlins on May 5. Even against a weak Padres lineup, Montero won't be a recommended streaming option.
May 25 - 4:17 PM

Rafael Montero struggled in his start Friday against the Marlins, giving up five runs over 3 2/3 innings.

Four of the five runs scored in the fourth inning. Montero gave up seven hits and walked three. He piled up 90 pitches before being pulled. The Mets staged a late comeback to take him off the hook for the loss, but they are really going to miss Noah Syndergaard.
May 5 - 10:44 PM

Mets recalled RHP Rafael Montero from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Montero will start Friday against the Nationals, taking the rotation spot vacated by Noah Syndergaard (lat). He'll be in line to make multiple starts if he pitches well. Montero has pitched well in the minors this year but has struggled in his big league chances and isn't an appealing streaming option.
May 5 - 4:47 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins confirmed that Rafael Montero will start in place of Noah Syndergaard (lat) on Friday.

Syndergaard was pulled from a Saturday start against the Nationals due to a partial tear in his right lat. He is in line to miss multiple turns through the rotation. Montero will be first up to fill in for him and will take the ball against the Marlins on Friday. In 6 2/3 innings with the big league club this season, the 26-year-old right-hander owns an unsightly 9.45 ERA and 3.60 WHIP. There is little fantasy intrigue here.
May 3 - 4:49 PM

Depth Charts

C1Travis d'Arnaud
2Rene Rivera
1B1T.J. Rivera
2B1Neil Walker
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
3B1Wilmer Flores
2Jose Reyes
3Matt Reynolds
4David Wright
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
CF1Michael Conforto
2Juan Lagares
RF1Jay Bruce
2Curtis Granderson
3Brandon Nimmo
Starting Pitcher
S1Noah Syndergaard
2Jacob deGrom
3Matt Harvey
4Steven Matz
5Zack Wheeler
6Robert Gsellman
7Seth Lugo
8Rafael Montero
9Chris Flexen
Relief Pitcher
R1Jeurys Familia
2Addison Reed
3Fernando Salas
4Jerry Blevins
5Josh Smoker
6Josh Edgin
7Paul Sewald
8Hansel Robles
9Erik Goeddel
10Tyler Pill