Tonight was supposed to be a special night for Rafael Montero. Tonight, he was supposed to show that he belongs amongst the ranks of the Mets starters. Instead, Montero showed exactly why he is not a regular starter. He put up a subpar effort, throwing 90 pitches over only 3.2 innings. He once again struggled with his command, giving up 3 walks and 5 earned runs. This outing will have many questioning if Montero is a major league level pitcher. My gut reaction is that he should no longer be considered a starter by the franchise, and that he should be used exclusively out of the bullpen. Of course, with all of the injuries to the rotation Montero may be awarded another start or two.
Despite the early struggles of Montero, the Mets were able scratch back and win the game 8-7. A big five-run seventh inning rally dealt the blow to the Marlins. T.J Rivera tied the game with a two RBI double, and Wilmer Flores walked with the bases loaded to force in the winning run. Perhaps the best part of the offense tonight was that the Mets scored runs on more than just home runs. While home runs by Rivera and Curtis Granderson accounted for three runs, the rest were a combination of other RBI hits. Neil Walker and Jose Reyes were the only starting position players to not contribute a hit. Rene Rivera was especially exciting to watch, as he contributed two hits and an RBI tonight. He is usually known for his defense, not his bat.
Other than a shaky outing from Josh Smoker, the bullpen was solid tonight. Addison Reed came in for the hold, and Jeurys Familia came in to seal the deal. The Mets have clawed back to within two games of .500, and will continue the push to hit that mark tomorrow when Robert Gsellman takes the mound at 7:10.