In what will be the rubber game between the Padres and the Mets, a major development was announced this afternoon.
Montero has been one of the Mets least effective arms this season. If not for their onslaught of injuries, he almost certainly would have been released by now.
Montero has an 8.10 ERA with 2 home runs given up and 28 hits allowed over 16.2 innings pitched this season according to Baseball Reference.
New York has suffered from blow after blow to their starting pitchers. The injuries have continued to mount and as a result the Mets have fallen to 6 games below .500 and 8 games out of the NL east division lead.
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The Padres however, are in a place to capitalize on the Mets misfortunes. It is clear that the Mets have various internal issues from players continuously getting injured under the current training staff’s watch to the decision-making of skipper, Terry Collins. Murphy’s law is in full bloom for the Mets.
San Diego will send a promising young arm by the name of Dinelson Lamet to the mound.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Lamet while he was with the Lake Elsinore Storm. He appears to be a fine young man with an excellent work ethic and a willingness to learn and grow.
Lamet will make his big league début tonight in what is probably the league’s toughest city to pitch. It’ll be more than a challenge.
However, with all the chatter about Terry Collins’s job security going on in New York coupled with sending Montero out to pitch, it would seem like the time is now for the Padres to step their foot on the proverbial tiger’s neck.