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Rafael Montero may have been tipping pitches last week

By Danny Abriano

The Mets are worried that Rafael Montero, who made his major league debut last Wednesday against the Yankees, may have been tipping his pitches during the start.

May 14, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero (50) delivers the pitch as the New York Mets take on the New York Yankees at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman-The Star-Ledger

Said Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen to Mike Puma in the New York Post:

"I think we picked up a little something that he [Montero] might be tipping, so we changed things to see if we can get that rectified. Get him back to where he was in spring training with the big glove and not giving away things, and I think we’ll see a better outing."

During his debut last Wednesday, Montero allowed three runs on five hits, walked two and struck out three.


Montero, who is known for his impeccable control, was a bit erratic last Wednesday – especially in the early innings.

In addition to perhaps tipping his pitches, Montero was also undoubtedly dealing with nerves in what was his first taste of major league action.

If Montero was indeed tipping his pitches, while dealing with nerves and debuting on a huge stage against the Yankees, the fact that he only allowed three runs in six innings of work becomes that much more impressive.

Hopefully, any issue Montero may have had with tipping his offerings is straightened out before his start against the Dodgers on Tuesday night.