Today’s Mets Minor League Starting Pitchers, May 21st

By Matt Musico

May 21, 2013 No comments

All four of the New York Mets affiliates will be taking the field today. Curious as to who will be taking the mound in each ballgame? We have it covered:

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Las Vegas 51s @ Iowa Cubs, 1:05pm EST (GM 1)

Rafael Montero (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs.  Brooks Raley (3-3, 4.91 ERA)

Rafael Montero will make his Triple-A debut today in the first game of a doubleheader. According to multiple reports, this is supposed to be a spot start for the right-hander, as the B-Mets are expecting him to return to Double-A next week. However, we all know what Montero is capable of, and if he shows he’s worthy of sticking around in Triple-A, then that’s where he’ll stay. So far in Binghamton, he’s posted a 4-3 record with a 3.47 ERA in 46.2 innings pitched. He’s struck out 54 Eastern League hitters, while only allowing six walks.

Las Vegas 51s @ Iowa Cubs (GM 2)

D.J. Mitchell (1-1, 6.75 ERA vs. Barret Loux (2-2, 8.22 ERA)

The second game will start right after the first has completed, and Mitchell hopes to get through six innings, something he hasn’t been able to do yet this season. He’s coming off his first loss of the season against Omaha. Mitchell lasted five innings, but allowed four runs on 10 hits, one walk, and three strikeouts. While he’s been allowing more hits over his last two starts (17 in 9.1 IP), he’ll look to continue limiting his walks (10 BB allowed in first three starts, one in most recent start).

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Binghamton Mets @ New Britain Rock Cats, 6:35pm EST

Jacob deGrom (1-4, 4.86 ERA) vs. Trevor May (2-2, 3.95 ERA)

deGrom registered his first Double-A win in his last start against Akron after collecting four losses through his first five starts. His most recent appearance was the all-around best one since his debut for Binghamton. The righty went seven innings and allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits, one walk, and six strikeouts. deGrom will try to lower that .341 opponent batting average against hitters on the road in order to get his first win away from Binghamton.

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St. Lucie Mets @ Dunedin Blue Jays, 11:00am EST

Alex Panteliodis (0-1, 2.81 ERA) vs. Jesse Hernandez (2-4, 2.86 ERA)

Panteliodis is looking for his first career win with St. Lucie tonight as he takes on Dunedin in his fourth start. He took a loss in his last time out after going six innings and allowing four runs (two earned) on seven hits, no walks, and six strikeouts. He took a step forward in his most recent appearance compared to his first two; after allowing a homer, a walk, and lasting five innings in each of his first two starts, Panteliodis didn’t allow either in his last start, went deeper in the game, and struck out more hitters. Hopefully that trend will continue tonight in Florida.

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Charleston RiverDogs @ Savannah Sand Gnats, 7:05pm EST

Rafael De Paula (4-2, 2.75 ERA) vs. Steven Matz (2-1, 2.83 ERA)

A Stony Brook, New York native, Matz is looking to bounce back from suffering his first loss of the season his most recent start. He only lasted 4.1 innings and allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits, three walks, and five strikeouts. Matz will look to duplicate what he did the start before against Rome, where he went six innings and only allowed a solo home run in getting the win.