Year 2 in Chicago did not go as well as Year 1 did for Miguel Montero, at least from an individual perspective. Although he trimmed his strikeout rate to a much more palatable 20.4 percent and drew walks at a career-high 13.4 percent clip, Montero posted career lows in batting average (.216) and slugging percentage (.357). Additionally, Montero's hard-hit rate fell to 27.0 percent, his worst output since his arrival in the big leagues as a rookie in 2006, and his groundball rate soared to 50.0 percent. Now entering the final year of a five-year pact he signed with Arizona, Montero is expected to serve as the Cubs' veteran backup behind the plate to Willson Contreras. Before he turns 34 in July, and coming off his lowest total of games played since 2010, it's fair to wonder if Montero's days as a starter are over, regardless of whether he remains in Chicago for the duration of the 2017 campaign. A backup role may be the best way to keep him healthy.
Montero is impressing Cubs manager Joe Maddon this spring, but that doesn't mean he's going to get a bigger role once the regular season starts, the Chicago Sun-TImes reports. Maddon said he likes how Montero is moving and throwing this spring, but the veteran is still looking at just a start or two a week in place of Willson Contreras in 2017. "Willson is the guy, and Miggy knows that," Maddon said. Montero's only real path to fantasy relevance this season appears to be a Conteras injury.
Montero is out of the lineup for Game 6 of the NLCS. Montero has started just one game in the Championship Series and two games this postseason. He has one hit in eight postseason at-bats -- the pinch-hit, go-ahead grand slam in Game 1 against Los Angeles.
Montero (back) is not in the lineup for Game 1 of the NLCS. This comes as no surprise, as David Ross always catches Jon Lester. The fact that Montero was included on the NLCS roster suggests he'll get a start behind the dish at some point in the next couple games.
Montero (back) made the NLCS roster. His status for the NLCS was up in the air due to back pain, but the outlook is bright enough that he was included on the series roster. It's not clear yet whether he will be in the lineup for Game 1.
Montero is dealing with back pain, which could cause him to miss the NLCS, Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports. Montero dealt with back issues all season, and it seems that those problems have represented themselves at the worst possible time. It's unclear how severe the issue is, but his status for the series should become clear as Saturday's game time approaches. If the catcher is left off the roster, there's speculation that his spot would be filled by a relief pitcher.