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Rafael Montero moving to the bullpen

By Danny Abriano
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Rafael Montero, who tossed 5.1 innings of scoreless ball on Wednesday, is moving to the bullpen.

Manager Terry Collins said that Montero may make one more start during the last week of the season, but that he’s a reliever for now.

The 23-year-old Mejia has a 4.50 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 38 innings pitched (7 starts, 1 relief appearance) this season.

In his lone relief appearance, on August 22, Montero allowed one run in a third of an inning.

Thoughts:

Montero’s future with the Mets may very well lie in the bullpen. With the starting rotation currently full, it makes all the sense in the world for the club to want to see Montero out of the pen down the stretch.

Not only is the rotation full next year, it stands to get even more crowded in 2015 with the return of Matt Harvey and potential debut of Steven Matz.

There’s thought that Montero’s fastball, which usually sits in the low-90s and touches 95 MPH, will play up in the bullpen.

If Montero is to have success in the pen, one thing he’ll have to do is cut down his bases on balls. After being known as a control artist, Montero walked close to four batters per nine this season with Triple-A Las Vegas, and has walked 4.74 per nine over his numerous stints with the Mets this season.

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