FIRST PITCH: The Mets thought Rafael Montero was ready in May. Turned out he wasn't.
The Mets think Rafael Montero is ready now. We'll find out if they're right this time, starting Tuesday night against the Washington Nationals.
The first time he was here (taking Jenrry Mejia's rotation spot when Mejia was sent to the bullpen), Montero went 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA in four starts, with 11 walks in 20 innings. He returned to Triple-A Las Vegas, where he's 6-3 with a 3.28 ERA in 15 starts.
Tuesday's news reports:
• For the first time since 1972, the Mets won eight games in Philadelphia in one season. Jonathon Niese snapped a personal four-game losing streak, and Anthony Recker snapped a personal 0-for-19 skid with a three-run home run. Read game stories in the Post, Daily News, Times, Newsday, Star Ledger, Record and MLB.com.
• The Mets chose Montero to take deGrom's place in the rotation, and columnist Kevin Kernan of the Post isn't impressed. Kernan wanted to see Noah Syndergaard instead, but he mostly makes his case by saying Syndergaard's debut would have been more exciting. As it was, the Mets chose another young pitcher whom they feel is more ready and whom they also need to find out about.
• The Mets said the injury report on deGrom was actually positive news, and that he may only need to miss two starts. We'll find out over the next couple of weeks whether they're right about that. Read more in the Post and Daily News.
• We've come to think of Tommy John surgery as routine, and recovery as automatic. That's just not true, and the Mets got a bitter reminder of that when they found out that Jeremy Hefner has had a major setback and may need to have the surgery again. Read more in the Star Ledger and on MLB.com.
• Mejia and Terry Collins met Monday, and Collins let his closer know that he didn't think it was a good idea to admit publicly that he'll need hernia surgery. Read more in the Daily News and Star Ledger.
• It's August, so the Mets (like all other teams) will put most if not all of their players through waivers. That's only significant if they actually have any interest in trading the player (e.g. Bartolo Colon). It's much less significant when players like Niese and Curtis Granderson clear, as they have, according to a report from Jon Heyman.
From the bloggers: On the 20th anniversary of the last baseball strike, Faith and Fear fondly remembers the fairly decent if totally forgotten 1994 Mets.
BIRTHDAYS: Barry Manuel, who appeared in 19 games for the 1997 Mets, turns 49 today.
TWEET OF THE DAY:
I got an Ike Davis jersey a couple years ago, because I was afraid the #Mets wouldn't retain Reyes & Wright.
— Sam (@Crazy4NYSports) August 12, 2014
YOU'RE UP: Are you excited to see Rafael Montero again, or are you disappointed it's not Noah Syndergaard instead?