Juan Lagares has been making his case for the Mets’ leadoff spot with a scorching spring. But Terry Collins wants to see what his lineup will look like with Lagares batting behind the pitcher.
Masahiro Tanaka allowed three runs and four hits while pitching into the fifth inning Wednesday for the New York Yankees in a 7-2 loss to the rival Mets.
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.
Mets pitcher Rafael Montero has allowed four home runs in 80 minor league innings this season. In the majors, he has yielded eight shots in just 25 innings.
The Yanks still have hope, and thus they’re rushing a pitcher back from the DL. The Mets, as usual, think about next year with a prize prospect. It’s like night and day.
The Nationals won’t have to face Mets impressive rookie Jacob deGrom on Tuesday night, but they haven’t required any such breaks to win in New York recently.
Maybe it was a good thing Sandy Alderson didn’t pull the trigger on anything last Thursday. He might have been enticed to give up a young pitcher or two.
If there was a team in New York that could afford to take a risk, and probably should at least send out a feeler to the Rockies, it is the Mets.
It’s fantastic that the Mets have a wealth of pitching. But do you know what else it is? Infuriating.
The Mets were in need of emergency bullpen help after using seven relievers in Friday’s 6-5, 14-inning loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.
“I think we picked up a little something that he might be tipping, so we changed things to see if we can get that rectified,” Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen said.
After splitting their four games against the crosstown rival Yankees, the Mets dropped two of three this past weekend against the division-rival Nationals.
Rafael Montero was simply outpitched in his major league debut by a fellow rookie with a much bigger contract. “You’ve just got to admit it, that’s a good pitcher,” Montero said of Masahiro Tanaka.
We all know about Masahiro Tanaka. In fact, we have known about him and his magical splitter for months and months. The guy we don’t know about may be the real treat of this game.
Right-handed pitcher Rafael Montero — arguably the Mets’ No. 2 prospect behind Noah Syndergaard — will make his major-league debut on Wednesday against the Yankees at Citi Field.