Yarbrough has lost his arbitration case against the Rays and will earn $2.3 million in 2021, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports. Yarbrough had filed at $3.1 million during his arbitration case, but he'll have to settle for $800,000 less. The southpaw should take on a more prominent role in the Rays' rotation this year after Blake Snell was traded to the Padres during the offseason. Yarbrough made 11 appearances (nine starts) in 2020, posting a 3.56 ERA and 1.19 WHIP over 55.2 innings.
Yarbrough didn't factor in the decision in Game 4 of the World Series against the Rays on Saturday. He allowed two runs on five hits with one strikeout and one walk across 3.1 innings. The left-hander's only real trouble came via solo homers from Corey Seager and Justin Turner, but he generated only five swinging strikes on 69 pitches and was unable to make it through the fourth inning. Yarbrough has a 3.86 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 7:4 K:BB over 14 innings during the 2020 playoffs, and he may be available out of the bullpen on two days rest for Game 6 and a potential Game 7.
Yarbrough will start Game 4 of the World Series against the Dodgers on Saturday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports. Yarbrough has been a starter in just one of his three postseason outings after starting in nine of his 11 appearances during the season. He's allowed just four runs in 10.2 playoff innings despite giving up three homers and posting a modest 6:3 K:BB. He'll be pitching on just three days rest, though he was only asked to throw two thirds of an inning in Game 1 on Tuesday, so he's likely able to handle something close to his typical workload.
Yarbrough allowed two runs on three hits and two walks while striking out five over five innings as he earned the win Tuesday during Game 3 of the ALCS against the Astros. Yarbrough picked up the start in a critical game in the series and delivered with a solid outing. He allowed a solo home run in the first inning, but he was effective the rest of the way before a leadoff home run in the sixth inning resulted in his removal. His next appearance could come in the World Series if the Rays advance.
Montgomery gave up two runs on six hits and one walk over five innings during a loss to the Yankees on Thursday in Game 4 of the ALDS. He had one strikeout and didn't factor in the decision. The left-hander was spared being charged with the loss as opener Ryan Thompson surrendered two runs over 1.2 innings. Yarbrough generated only three swinging strikes on 65 pitches, but he was able to hold New York in check aside from a two-run homer by Gleyber Torres. It will end up being the 28-year-old's only appearance of the postseason if the Rays are unable to win Friday's Game 5 and advance to the ALCS.