“I think it’s just a bad day,” Montero said through an interpreter. “I’ll keep working hard. Anyone can have a bad day, and today was one of them.”
Montero (1-8) has had a lot of them, like so many of his teammates. The Mets’ rotation has a 5.11 earned run average. The staff issued eight walks on Wednesday and has handed out nearly 400 this season, with 51 games to go. Last year, the Mets tied for the fewest walks allowed in the majors, 439.
“We have not walked people in the past,” Manager Terry Collins said. “Obviously, this year, home runs are everywhere. But you can’t put runners on base. You can’t do it. Hitting’s a tough art, and you’ve got to make them swing the bat. If you’re at this level, you ought to be able to throw a strike when you need to.”
It is too easy to say that the Mets fell apart because their pitchers were hurt. Montero was not much more than a depth option this season, but the Mets counted on Matt Harvey, Steven Matz,…