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Tue, Jul 5
vs Kansas City Royals (29-50)
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AL West Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
53-27 9-1 W8
41-42 7-3 W4
37-42 4-6 L3
37-45 3-7 L4
28-55 4-6 W2

2022 Pitching

Earned Run Average
Base on Balls (Walk)
Walks and Hits Allowed Per Inning
Regular Season 3 0 1.71 33 11 1.01

Top Rafael Montero News

  • Astros' Rafael Montero: Secures sixth save

    Montero allowed a run on one hit and struck out two in one inning to earn the save in Tuesday's 9-7 win over the Royals.

    A seven-inning scoreless streak came to a close when Andrew Benintendi knocked in Whit Merrifield on a groundout, but Montero was still able to pick up his second save in his last four outings. This was his sixth save of the year, which came after Ryan Pressly was deemed unavailable after warming up but not pitching Monday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. Through 32.2 innings overall, Montero has been solid with a 1.93 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 35:11 K:BB while adding 12 holds and three wins as the Astros' primary setup man.

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  • Astros' Rafael Montero: Nabs fifth save

    Montero earned his fifth save Friday against the Yankees after not allowing a hit during a scoreless ninth inning. He had two walks and zero strikeouts.

    Closer Ryan Pressly pitched the past two games and blew a save Thursday when he surrendered four runs in one-third of an inning, which opened the window for Montero to step in for the save Friday. The hiccup is unlikely to bump Pressly out of the closer role without further struggles, so Montero, who has a 1.82 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 30:11 K:BB over 29.2 innings this season, should continue to operate as the Astros' setup man.

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  • Astros' Rafael Montero: Back on track

    Montero allowed one hit and struck out one across a scoreless seventh inning to earn a hold Sunday against the White Sox.

    Montero struggled for a brief stretch in early June, allowing five earned runs across four appearances that spanned four innings. However, he's gotten back on track in his last two outings, allowing only a hit and a walk while striking out two across two scoreless frames. Montero has been excellent for the balance of the season, maintaining a 2.03 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 27:9 K:BB to go along with nine holds across 26.2 innings.

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  • Astros' Rafael Montero: Struggles to find strike zone

    Montero walked three but pitched a scoreless eighth inning to earn a hold Tuesday against the Mariners.

    Montero was called upon to protect a one-run lead, but he walked the bases loaded after recording only one out. However, he got Abraham Toro to ground into a double play to sidestep any damage. Montero's struggle to find the strike zone is likely to be an aberration, as he had surrendered only five free passes across 21.2 innings entering Tuesday's appearance. Montero has been excellent in a high-leverage role for the Astros this season, delivering a 1.99 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 24:8 K:BB.

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  • Astros' Rafael Montero: Nabs save Sunday

    Montero retired the only batter he faced to secure the save in Sunday's 7-4 win over the Royals.

    Following Ryan Pressly's ejection for throwing inside and Phil Maton's inability to retire any of the three batters he faced, Montero was able to end a bases-loaded threat. He got Nicky Lopez to ground out to end the game. This was Montero's fourth save of the year, but his first since May 6. He's posted a 2.08 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 24:5 K:BB across 21.2 innings while adding six holds this season. Should Pressly face a suspension for his actions Sunday, Montero figures to be favored for potential save chances while he is absent.

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  • Astros' Rafael Montero: Picks up second win

    Montero (2-0) did not allow a baserunner in a scoreless seventh inning while striking out two to earn the win Sunday against the Mariners.

    Montero has allowed only one earned run across 19.2 innings this season while also maintaining a 23:5 K:BB. His dominance was on display Sunday as he needed just nine pitches to set the Mariners down in order. Though Ryan Pressly is locked into the closer role, Montero is capable of delivering excellent ratios and has also racked up six holds on the campaign.

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  • Astros' Rafael Montero: Secures third save

    Montero struck out one batter in a perfect inning and notched a save against Detroit on Friday.

    With Ryan Pressly (rest) getting Friday off, Montero jumped back into the closer role and earned his third save over his last four appearances. The 31-year-old needed just 14 pitches (nine strikes) to retire the Tigers in order. He's now allowed just one run while posting a 17:3 K:BB through 12.1 frames on the year.

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  • Astros' Rafael Montero: Pitches eighth inning

    Montero struck out one and did not allow a baserunner in a scoreless eighth inning to earn a hold Thursday against the Tigers.

    Montero shifted back to an eighth-inning role due to the return of Ryan Pressly (knee). Montero needed only 12 pitches to retire the side and maintain a 2-0 lead for Houston. While he should be projected for a setup role, it will be worth monitoring the effectiveness of Pressly, who blew the save chance Thursday in his first appearance since being activated from the injured list.

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  • Astros' Rafael Montero: Secures second save

    Montero earned a save against the Mariners on Monday, allowing one hit and one walk in one scoreless inning.

    Montero was far from overpowering in the outing, as he threw only 11 of 21 pitches for strikes and allowed the tying run to come to the plate after inheriting a 3-0 lead. The right-hander got out of a jam by inducing a game-ending double play, however, and thus notched his second save of the campaign. Ryan Pressly (knee) is scheduled to make a rehab appearance Tuesday, so he figures to be back in the closer position for Houston shortly, but Montero may be the best bet for saves in the meantime. In Pressly's absence, he's notched two of the Astros' three saves.

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  • Astros' Rafael Montero: Picks up first save

    Montero earned the save, allowing a solo home run and a walk in the ninth inning while striking out a batter in a 3-2 win Thursday over Texas.

    Montero gave up a one-out homer to Corey Seager to make it a one-run game and then pitched around a walk to close it out. With Ryan Pressly (knee) on the injured list, the Astros are going with a closer committee that includes Montero. With Ryne Stanek and Hector Neris also receiving late-game opportunities, it's unclear who will receive the bulk of the save opportunities. Despite giving up a homer Thursday, Montero has a strong case with a 0.96 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 9.1 innings.

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  • Astros' Rafael Montero: Strong start to season

    Montero allowed one hit and struck out two in a scoreless inning Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.

    Montero entered the game in the eighth inning with the score tied at one. He allowed a two-out single but was in relative control throughout the appearance. Montero has turned in three scoreless outings to begin the campaign, racking up five strikeouts and no walks while also earning a win and a hold.

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  • Astros' Rafael Montero: Available out of bullpen

    Montero (lat) is listed among the Astros' available relievers for Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Nationals, Brian McTaggart of reports.

    He'll be pitching for the first time this spring after he was a delayed arrival at camp due to a visa issue. Montero missed the final two months of the 2021 campaign with a right lat strain, but after a full offseason of recovery, the 31-year-old is believed to be healthy heading into Opening Day. He'll likely serve as a middle reliever for Houston during the upcoming campaign.

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  • Astros' Rafael Montero: Signs deal without arbitration

    Montero (lat) agreed to a one-year, $2.725 million deal with the Astros on Tuesday, avoiding arbitration, Robert Murray of reports.

    Montero's arrival at camp has been delayed by visa issues, which make it tough to tell whether or not the lat strain he battled down the stretch last year is still a problem.

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  • Astros' Rafael Montero: Reports to camp

    Montero (lat) reported to the Astros' big-league camp Wednesday after resolving his visa issue, Brian McTaggart of reports.

    As a reliever, Montero likely won't require much build-up time in advance of Opening Day, despite having missed nearly two weeks' worth of workouts. However, he'll still need to prove that he's fully recovered from the right lat strain that kept him sidelined from Aug. 8 onward last season. If healthy, Montero will likely settle into a middle-relief role for Houston to begin the 2022 season.

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  • Astros' Rafael Montero: Delayed by visa issues

    Montero (lat) has yet to arrive at camp due to visa issues, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    Several players around the league are dealing with similar issues, but Montero should still have time to get ready for the season if the delay doesn't last too long. Montero's availability is also in question due to the lat injury which kept him out down the stretch last year, though it should become clear once he arrives whether or not that's still an issue.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-0, 201 lbs
Birthplace: Higuerito, Dominican Republic
Age: 31
Experience: 5
Bats/Throws: R, R