Heading into Wednesday night’s game against the New York Yankees, the debut of Rafael Montero was very highly anticipated, especially with him having to face off against phenom Masahiro Tanaka right out of the gate. The results did not disappoint. While Montero did not pitch well enough to secure a victory and ended up taking the loss, he pitched adequately against a formidable opponent in the Yankees.
The outing wasn’t perfect by any means. He pitched six innings giving up three runs and five hits while walking two. The major damage came on homers to Mark Teixeira and Yangervis Solarte which accounted for two of his three earned runs.
With that said, Montero showed good command and velocity of his pitches hitting 95 mph on the radar gun at times in just his first start in the big leagues. He seems to fit the billing of a future number two starter as he looked very poised throughout the outing. Fans have every reason to be excited with Montero as he certainly looks the part of a major league pitcher.
The future is certainly looking bright for the New York Mets. If Montero can build on this performance and with young arms that will soon be ready to contribute like Noah Syndergaard and Matt Harvey (when he returns from injury), the team will seemingly have a 1-2-3 pitching punch unmatched by the rest of baseball.
In the meantime, the Mets will have Montero, Jonathan Niese, Dillon Gee (when healthy), Bartolo Colon, and Zack Wheeler to hold the fort. The days of perennial losing could be over for them, sooner rather than later.