If you saw any pitcher with a stat line of five innings pitched, five walks, and five strikeouts, you’d assume that they would have given up a fair amount of runs. But on the mound tonight for the Mets was Rafael Montero, who averages nearly five walks per nine innings. Montero only surrendered one run in his start, pitching solidly in the 6-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. Montero, despite his high walk rate, has pitched well as of late. He earned his fifth win of the season Saturday night against the Reds.
As a whole, the Mets produced nine hits on the evening. Matt Reynolds and Asdrubal Cabrera each had two hits for the Mets, with Cabrera’s two hits being doubles. Also hitting a double on the night was Phillip Evans, who’s double was his first career major league hit. Kevin Plawecki had the big boom of the night, sending a two run shot over the wall for his second of the season. My Gut Reaction is that Plawecki is finally starting to develop his game offensively, which would be great if he was to retain his role as backup to Travis d’Arnaud. Also notching hits tonight were Nori Aoki, Brandon Nimmo, and Dom Smith.
Tonight, the Mets bullpen was absolutely stellar against the Reds’ lineup. Chasen Bradford, Josh Smoker, Jeruys Familia, and Jamie Callahan each contributed to a four inning of no hit, no runs four innings. Tomorrow the Mets will send Jacob deGrom to the mound to attempt the completion of a four game sweep of the Reds at 1:10.