MMO Game Thread: Dodgers vs Mets, 7:10 PM

rafael montero debut

The Mets begin a tough stretch of 20 games in 20 days beginning with the start of a three-game series with Los Angeles Dodgers tonight at Citi Field. Rafael Montero (0-1, 4.50 ERA) makes his second major-league start in Tuesday’s 7:10 p.m. opener and will oppose right-hander Josh Beckett (1-1, 2.38) for the Dodgers.

Starting Lineup

  1. Eric Young, Jr. – LF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Curtis Granderson – RF
  5. Chris Young – CF
  6. Lucas Duda – 1B
  7. Wilmer Flores – SS
  8. Juan Centeno – C
  9. Rafael Montero – RHP

Game Preview

The Dodgers come to Citi Field tonight as the Mets still try to figure out a way to get on the right track in May. Over the weekend they lost 2 of 3 to the Nationals where in the two games they lost, they made some key mistakes. Anyway, tonight Montero gets his second start of the career against Beckett.

Montero allowed 3 ER over 5 hits while throwing 6.0 innings. The longball was a weak spot in his first outing as he allowed two of them. Besides that he looked pretty good and pretty much as advertised as he tried to locate pitches on the corners and showed off a smooth motion to the plate. Since this is his second career start, Montero has no previous stats against the Dodgers or anyone in their lineup.

On the other side of being a rookie is Josh Beckett, who is 1-1 over 7 starts this season while pitching 41.2 innings with a 2.38 ERA, which is a significant improvement of his 5.19 ERA over 8 starts and 43.1 innings. He is coming off back to back starts where he has allowed 1 run or less. He has a 2.27 ERA against the Mets over 14 starts in his career and the Mets have the following numbers against him:

  • Abreu 15-82, 3 2B, 2 HR, 21 BB
  • Granderson 11-37, 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR
  • Wright 1-18
  • C Young 3-10, 2 2B
  • Murphy 0-4

Lets Go Mets!


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My name is Elliot and I’ve been writing the Game Preview posts at MMO since 2008. I am excited to be back sharing my thoughts with you. When I’m not watching the Mets, I’m a Physics Teacher in Newark, NJ and writing about the Mets at 213 Miles From Shea. LGM!