Montero (5-2), who secured the victory in an extra-inning win over the Rays on Sunday with a perfect 10th frame, has recorded wins in consecutive games.
Montero also worked the 10th in Saturday's 6-5 win over Tampa Bay and turned in a perfect frame in that instance as well. The right-hander's two wins over the weekend series were a welcome sight, considering Montero had allowed a combined five earned runs in two of his previous three appearances. Montero still sports a bloated 5.29 ERA on the season, but the veteran's victories help make up for the fact he hasn't secured a save since May 29.
Montero was tagged with a blown save Saturday against Cleveland after allowing three runs on two hits and two walks across one inning. He didn't record a strikeout.
Montero entered the bottom of the ninth inning holding a three-run lead. After retiring the first two batters he faced, he struggled badly, allowing back-to-back walks and back-to-back hits to erase the three-run advantage in only a matter of minutes. Montero has now allowed runs in two of his last three appearances.
Montero secured his fourth hold in a win over the Angels on Sunday, allowing an earned run on two hits and a walk over one inning.
Montero needed 24 pitches to get through his one frame, creating some trouble for himself by allowing the first two hitters he faced to reach safely. The right-hander is still seeing save opportunities -- he's 3-for-3 in such scenarios across his last 10 appearances -- but he's also garnered three holds in that sample.
Montero fired a scoreless ninth inning in an extra-inning win over the Athletics on Monday, allowing two hits and recording two strikeouts.
Despite the fact that it wasn't a save situation, Montero's assignment was still of the high-leverage variety, considering that he was asked to preserve a 4-4 tie. The right-hander did so despite first creating a bit of trouble for himself by yielding back-to-back singles to Chad Pinder and Tony Kemp. Montero has had quite the rollercoaster season, converting just seven of 12 save chances, pitching to a 4.81 ERA and 1.32 WHIP across 24.1 innings, and seeing his strikeout rate plummet from 2020's 27.9 percent to a 19.4 percent figure through his first 24 appearances.
Montero posted the save in a 3-2 win Saturday, getting one strikeout while allowing one run on two hits against the Rangers.
Montero entered the ninth with a two-run lead and allowed one run to score before inducing a Brock Holt fly out with Joey Gallo on third to end the game. Montero leads the M's in saves despite a 5.01 ERA, but Kendall Graveman (COVID-19) was the preferred option in the ninth before he landed on the IL, and relievers like Erik Swanson (groin) and Keynan Middleton have also picked up saves in the last week.
Montero pitched the ninth inning of Tuesday's 4-3 win over Oakland, allowing two hits but stranding both runners to record the save.
Montero retired the first two Athletics batters he faced on just four pitches but then surrendered consecutive singles to put runners on the corners before retiring Seth Brown on a comebacker to end the game. Although Montero leads the team in saves, he's part of a closer committee with Keynan Middleton, who recorded the save Monday, and Kendall Graveman, who's currently on the COVID-19 injured list.
Montero worked in the sixth inning of Sunday's win over Cleveland, recording his second hold despite allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits and a walk during the first two-thirds of the frame. He also recorded a strikeout.
The right-hander was utilized much earlier into the game than usual and scuffled through a 31-pitch outing. The two runs charged to Montero crossed the plate on a groundout and an error, but that's not to say he wasn't complicit in setting those runners up in scoring position considering he allowed a walk and a double to the first two batters he faced. Montero yielded a second two-bagger before getting the hook, with the amount of hard contact a continuing concern after he'd also allowed three earned runs, including a home run, two appearances prior against the Dodgers.
Montero retired the only batter he faced to pick up a save Friday in a win over Cleveland.
Seattle entered the ninth inning staked to a six-run lead, but things got a little dicey after Cleveland scored a pair of runs and then put two additional runners on base. Montero was summoned to put out the fire, and he succeeded by inducing a groundout to first base. The save was Montero's first since May 2 as he appeared to have yielded the the primary closer role to Kendall Graveman. However, Graveman was called upon to pitch part of the sixth and all of the seventh inning Friday, so the situation may be a fluid one moving forward.
Montero (3-1) pitched the eighth inning of Tuesday's 5-2 victory over Baltimore to earn the win, allowing two hits and a hit batsman.
The outing was far from clean, as Montero loaded the bases with two outs before inducing a groundout to escape the jam. His three wins are a bit misleading, as he sports a 3.89 ERA and 1.14 WHIP with four saves, four blown saves and only 10 strikeouts in 14 innings. It looks like Kendall Graveman has leapfrogged Montero as the No. 1 arm in the bullpen.
Montero pitched a clean ninth inning while striking out a hitter en route to his fourth save of the season in a 2-0 win over the Angels on Sunday.
Manager Scott Servais brought Kendall Graveman in for the eighth to face Mike Trout, Anthony Rendon and Jared Walsh so Montero got the call to close out the game instead. The 30-year-old needed just seven pitches to get three outs and struck out Albert Pujols in the process. It was a much-needed bounceback performance after he had allowed five runs (three earned) on five hits over his last 1.2 innings. Montero appears to still have the trust of his manager in late-game scenarios despite having a 4.15 ERA although he's still second-fiddle to Graveman in terms of save opportunities.
Montero (2-1) took the loss Wednesday against the Astros after letting up four runs (two earned) on three hits and a walk with no strikeouts over two-thirds of an inning.
Montero entered in the eighth inning looking to preserve a two-run lead and left the game with the Mariners needing two runs to keep the game alive. The 30-year-old quickly found himself in danger with two men on and one out but had a chance to get out of it with a double-play ground ball; however, 2020 Gold Glove winner Evan White's throwing error extended the inning and allowed a run to score. Montero ended up allowing the next two men to reach, bringing home the tying run before manager Scott Servais had seen enough. His replacement wasn't much better, allowing two of the inherited runners to score before finally getting out of the nightmare inning. Montero had a nice stretch of four straight scoreless outings before Wednesday's collapse, but he now has four blown saves and a 4.09 ERA on the year. It wouldn't be surprising if Servais demoted the hard-throwing righty from a share of the closer's role due to his lack of consistency so far this season.
Montero (2-0) struck out a batter in a perfect ninth inning Thursday, ultimately earning the win in a 7-3 extra-inning victory over Boston.
The righty lowered his ERA to 2.61 and his WHIP to 0.77 in 10.1 innings. Montero boasts a four-pitch repertoire that's slightly unusual for a reliever, but it has proven effective thus far in 2021. Seattle's surprising early-season success has given Montero high-leverage innings, but blowing three of his first six save opportunities has opened the door for Kendall Graveman and Keynan Middleton to become part of the closing picture for the Mariners as well.
Montero walked and hit a batter but was able to successfully close out the game for his third save of the season in a 4-3 win over the Dodgers on Monday.
Montero found himself in some trouble after walking Edwin Rios and then hitting Mookie Betts, but he was able to escape after getting Corey Seager to ground into a 4-6-3 double play to end the game. It was the 30-year-old's first save since April 11, as manager Scott Servais has used both Kendall Graveman and Keynan Middleton in save situations over the last week. Montero remains in danger of losing out on save chances, considering that Graveman has been the most effective pitcher of the trio thus far and could be afforded more opportunities to grab hold of the closer role.
Montero, who's converted only two of five save opportunities this season, fired a scoreless sixth inning during which he allowed one hit in a win over the Orioles in Game 1 of a doubleheader Thursday. He was credited with his first hold.
Manager Scott Servais has found some closing success with Kendall Graveman of late, with the latter converting both of his save chances. That's apparently served to displace Montero from the closing role, and at least for Thursday, bump him down into a setup slot. If both players continue to thrive in their current assignments, the arrangement could certainly endure.
Montero (1-0) got the win in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Orioles after blowing his third save of the season, giving up one run on two hits and a walk in one inning of relief. He struck out one.
Entering the game in the seventh inning to protect a 3-2 lead, Montero instead gave up a two-out run to send the game to extra innings, only for the M's to retake the lead in the top of the eighth. The right-hander is just 2-for-5 on save chances to begin his tenure in Seattle, and while Montero's 4.26 ERA and 8:3 K:BB through 6.1 innings are far from terrible, he could begin to cede save opportunities to Kendall Graveman (who got the save in Game 1 on Tuesday) or Keynan Middleton if he doesn't find some consistency.
Montero pitched a perfect ninth inning to earn the save in Sunday's 8-6 win over the Twins.
Montero retired Nelson Cruz, Byron Buxton and Max Kepler on flyouts, needing just nine pitches to lock down the save. It was an impressive bounce-back for Montero, who suffered a blown save Saturday. The Mariners' closer is now 2-for-4 in save chances with a 3.38 ERA and 0.56 WHIP across 5.1 innings this season.
Montero blew a save Saturday after giving up one run on two walks with one strikeout during the eighth inning against the Twins.
The 30-year-old entered for the eighth inning but threw only 10 of 22 pitches for strikes, as he also hit a batter and allowed a run to score via a wild pitch. Montero is now 1-for-3 in save chances and has given up two runs on one hit with a 7:2 K:BB across 4.1 innings this season.
Montero earned the save against San Francisco on Saturday, pitching 1.1 perfect innings and striking out one.
Montero blew his first save opportunity of the season Opening Day, but he rebounded with a spotless outing Saturday to pick up his first save. The right-hander entered in the eighth frame with a pair of runners aboard and induced a lineout to end the inning before breezing through a 1-2-3 ninth. He's locked into a fairly stable role as Seattle's closer after coming over from Texas in an offseason trade.
Montero gave up a solo home run and blew the save Thursday against the Giants. He struck out two in an inning of work.
The Mariners took a 7-6 lead into the top of the ninth, which is when Alex Dickerson hit a 408-foot home run off Montero to tie the game, although the Mariners ended up winning in the 10th inning. He made one bad pitch and was otherwise fine, so Montero should still have some leash as Seattle's closer going forward.
Montero, projected to serve as the Mariners' primary closer, has posted five consecutive clean one-inning Cactus League appearances after giving up five runs across his first two spring outings.
Montero was a late arrival to spring training due to a visa issue and was unsettled over his first pair of trips to the mound in a Mariners uniform, but he's literally been unhittable since then. He's also demonstrated pinpoint control in the form of a 5:0 K:BB across that span and certainly appears regular-season ready with the Cactus League schedule about to wrap up.
|Last 7 Games|
|06/20||vs TB||W 6-2||1||1.0||0||0||0||0|
|06/19||vs TB||W 6-5||1||1.0||0||0||0||0|
|06/17||vs TB||W 6-5||1.0||2||2||1||1|
|06/16||vs MIN||L 2-7||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|06/12||@ CLE||L 4-5||1.0||2||3||2||0|
|06/09||@ DET||W 9-6||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|06/06||@ LAA||W 9-5||1.0||2||1||1||0|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2012||AFX-Savannah Sand Gnats||71.1||12||12||0||6||3||0||54||8||61||2.53||0.971|
|2012||AFA-St. Lucie Mets||50.2||8||8||1||5||2||0||56||11||35||2.15||0.916|
|2013||AAA-Las Vegas 51s||88.2||16||16||0||5||4||0||78||25||85||3.06||1.247|
|2014||AFA-St. Lucie Mets||4.0||1||1||0||0||0||0||4||1||2||0.00||0.750|
|2014||AAA-Las Vegas 51s||80.0||16||16||0||6||4||0||80||34||69||3.60||1.288|
|2015||AFA-St. Lucie Mets||5.0||2||2||0||0||0||0||1||3||5||3.60||1.600|
|2015||AAA-Las Vegas 51s||7.2||2||2||0||1||0||0||7||1||8||6.25||1.250|
|2016||AAA-Las Vegas 51s||80.0||16||16||0||4||6||0||68||40||111||7.20||1.887|
|2017||AAA-Las Vegas 51s||29.0||5||5||0||0||2||0||37||12||18||2.48||1.034|