Sat, 31 May 2014 11:40:28 -0700
New York Mets manager Terry Collins would like to see recently-demoted SP Rafael Montero use his changeup more frequently. According to Fangraphs.com, Montero threw changeups 10.6 percent of the time this season and only threw nine changeups (out of 80 total pitches) during his last start against the Philadelphia Phillies. "He's got to use his pitches," Collins said. "At this level you limit the pitches to hitters, you better locate. Because when those hitters can eliminate one of your pitches for what they look for they can be dangerous." Montero also struggled with his control before being optioned, walking 11 batters in 20 innings and only throwing 58.7 percent of his pitches for strikes.
Sat, 31 May 2014 11:34:56 -0700
The New York Mets have optioned SP Rafael Montero to Triple-A Las Vegas and recalled RP Buddy Carlyle from Las Vegas. Assistant general manager John Ricco said the move was made because every pitcher in the bullpen was used during the team's 14-inning loss to the Philadelphia Phillies Friday, May 30, and several relievers will be unavailable for the game Saturday, May 31. P Daisuke Matsuzaka will slide into Montero's spot in the rotation and will face the Chicago Cubs Wednesday, June 4.
Fri, 16 May 2014 15:04:24 -0700
The New York Mets don't plan to skip SP Rafael Montero in the starting rotation next time through. The team plans to limit Montero to 180 innings this year. SP Jacob deGrom, who threw 147 2/3 innings last season, will likely be capped around 175 innings. Because of deGrom's nice debut Thursday, May 16, it's unknown which rookie will be sent to the bullpen when SP Dillon Gee (lat) returns from the disabled list. Manager Terry Collins said it's unlikely both Montero and deGrom remain in the rotation when Gee returns.
Fantasy Tip: Montero and deGrom are both top pitching prospects for the team. Montero is more intriguing for fantasy baseball owners, though, and we expect he'll be kept in the rotation over deGrom, depending on both pitcher's results in the next few weeks.
Wed, 14 May 2014 12:02:20 -0700
The New York Mets placed SP Dillon Gee (lat) on the 15-day disabled list with a strained lat Wednesday, May 14, and recalled SP Rafael Montero from Triple-A Las Vegas in a corresponding move. SP Jacob deGrom will take Gee's place in the rotation and make his major league starting debut Thursday, May 15.
Fantasy Tip: deGrom is one of the team's top pitching prospects. Scoop him up immediately if he's available in your NL-only league.
Mon, 12 May 2014 13:07:20 -0700
New York Mets SP Rafael Montero will be recalled from the minors and will make the start Wednesday, May 14, against the New York Yankees. SP Jenrry Mejia will move to the bullpen. SP Jacob deGrom is on standby and could also be added to the roster later this week.
Fantasy Tip: Montero is one of the club's top pitching prospects that succeeds without a dominant fastball thanks to plus control of his pitches. Montero should be added in all NL-only leagues.
Sat, 10 May 2014 23:40:38 -0700
The New York Mets may call up SP Rafael Montero from Triple-A Las Vegas to start as soon as Wednesday, May 14. Montero could take the spot of SP Jenrry Mejia, who has struggled so far this season.
Fantasy Tip: The Mets would have nothing to lose, and if you're looking for a low-cost flyer you might not either. Montero currently has a 3.67 ERA with ratios of 3.9 walks and 8.2 strikeouts per nine innings for Las Vegas, and numbers like that would look good on your roster. Be aware the start would come against the New York Yankees, so take a look at how he does before rushing to the waiver wire.
Sat, 10 May 2014 14:45:41 -0700
New York Mets SP Jenrry Mejia might not take his next turn in the rotation. If he moves to the bullpen, the Mets will call up someone from Triple-A Las Vegas to take his spot.
Fantasy Tip: Expect Jacob deGrom or Rafael Montero, more likely the former, to get the call. Either is a fine pickup in NL-only games and could show occasional deep-mixed value this year.
Wed, 02 Apr 2014 15:24:57 -0700
New York Mets manager Terry Collins said he'll likely mix and match with eighth-inning setup duties. RP Kyle Farnsworth is a possibility, but so are RPs Jeurys Familia and Scott Rice, among others. The Mets will not immediately look to sign another late-inning reliever available on the free-agent market just yet. New York will also consider promoting SPs Rafael Montero or Jacob deGrom for a bullpen role, but it's unlikely to happen soon.
Fantasy Tip: The only thing really clear for now is that Jose Valverde is the team's closer with Bobby Parnell (elbow) out. That could change, too, but based on Papa Grande's performance this spring and on opening day, he'll have a little rope to play with.
Tue, 18 Mar 2014 14:51:26 -0700
New York Mets SP Noah Syndergaard was sent to minor league camp Tuesday, March 18. He'll start at Triple-A Las Vegas for some more seasoning. The team also re-assigned Ps Rafael Montero, Joel Carreno, Ryan Reid, Cory Mazzoni and Miguel Socolovich, 1Bs Brandon Allen and Matt Clark and C Juan Centeno.
Fantasy Tip: As DiComo notes, Syndergaard, the club's top pitching prospect, is expected to follow a similar path to the bigs that Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler had, which would put his arrival in New York around sometime in June. That would keep Syndergaard from achieving Super 2 arbitration status. He should be firmly on the radar of those in NL-only and keeper leagues.
Wed, 26 Feb 2014 12:16:16 -0800
Updating a previous report, New York Mets SP Jon Niese's (shoulder) pain in his left shoulder is in a different part of his shoulder than what he experienced last year when he suffered a partially torn left rotator cuff. He first reported pain early in camp, and the team limited him to long toss. "He just said he's got a little discomfort in there," manager Terry Collins said, "so we're going to have a look."
Fantasy Tip: This can't be good news for Niese, who dealt with shoulder problems last season. Keep an eye on this one. If Niese won't be ready for opening day, John Lannan, Noah Syndergaard or Rafael Montero could sneak into the rotation. Syndergaard has the most upside of the bunch, with Montero not far behind.