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Mets plan to give Rafael Montero one more start in 2014

By Danny Abriano
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The Mets are planning to give Rafael Montero one more start this season, during the last series of the year against the Astros at Citi Field.

Montero has been working out of the bullpen since making a start against the Rockies on September 10.

Overall this season for the Mets, the 23-year-old Montero has posted a 4.38 ERA and 1.51 WHIP in 39 innings pitched (7 starts, 2 relief appearances).

Thoughts:

With the Mets rich in the starting pitching department, they’ll have to make a decision soon regarding where they view Montero long term. One extra start won’t give them the answer, but the extra look at him should help.

One other thing Montero starting during the final series could lead to is Jacob deGrom being pushed back to the final game of the year on September 28.

As it currently stands, deGrom is scheduled to pitch on September 27 with Bartolo Colon getting the start on the 28th.  However, if Montero pitches one of the first two games of that series, deGrom – who has two starts left – would slide back to the final game on the 28th.

Jacob deGrom taking the ball for the last game of the season, while not paramount to anything, would be a solid way for the Mets to end the year and would certainly please the fans in attendance.

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