We are all nervously hoping for some good news on Jacob deGrom. He’s been a feel-good story for the up and down Mets of 2014. Should he be able to return he’s in the running for the 2014 Rookie of the Year award but, return or not, his injury opens the door for Rafael Montero to return to Queens.
People will recall, because I keep reminding them, that I had been saying before the season that deGrom could become the better caliber pitcher than Montero. I never said that Montero would not be a good pitcher. Now, with Montero healthy and ready to go, I’m excited to have him back up with the Mets.
We the pundits have been penciling in the eight pitcher deep starting rotation for 2015 and have been cautioned about putting the cart before the horse. Matt Harvey is returning from Tommy John surgery, Dillon Gee has been hit-and-miss, Jonathon Niese has looked shaky, Montero and Noah Syndergaard are only prospects, deGrom has to endure his sophomore headache and Jeremy Hefner might be staring at the end of his pitching career. Wouldn’t it be nice to solidify part of that uncertain future with an audition today?
Bring Montero back up to the majors and stick with him for the rest of the year. Let us see what he can be for us moving forward so we can better identify what our needs are in 2015 and beyond. If his last outing for AAA is any indication we should be fine: 8.0 IP, 1 Hit, 2 BBs and 11 Ks.
Matt Reynolds is a hit machine – In his last 10 games he has 40 at bats. In those 40 at bats he has 17 hits.
Dilson Herrera shows off a new trick – He’s walked 5 times in his last 10 games and only struck out 7 times. That’s significant improvement in both areas.
Brandon Nimmo is heating up – AA has been a hurdle for Nimmo but his 10 game OPS is now .982 and he’s showing that he’s turning the corner.
Steven Matz is still good – Have no fear, he keeps churning out quality starts like pitching is easy.
Dominic Smith hits a home run! – No, you should not be happy with his performance thus far. He plays first base and has an OPS just North of .700, which will not cut it. He’s hit one out of the park now, hopefully he continues to hit with authority.