Above-average control of four average offerings will take a pitcher a long way in Major League Baseball, as Jordan Montgomery showed last season. He only throws his fastball 92 mph and none of his secondary pitches (curveball, slider, change) are truly plus yet, but they all play against big-league hitters -- the offspeed is good enough for Montgomery to keep right-handed hitters in check (.241/.301/.386 last season). Montgomery limited the free passes in his first exposure to big-league hitters (3.0 BB/9), which was huge as he did have some issues with the long ball, especially on the road (1.7 HR/9). There may be room for growth in the strikeout department given his 12.2 percent swinging-strike rate, above-average chase rate and track record at the upper levels of the minors, but owners would be wise to simply pay for a repeat (of both production and workload), with anything beyond that being a bonus.
Montgomery struck out three and walked one while holding the Blue Jays to one run on two hits over 5.1 innings in Sunday's game against Toronto, but he did not factor in the decision. The outing lowered his season ERA to 3.88, while pushing his big-league innings total to 155.1. He logged an additional eight innings in two minor-league starts before joining the Yankees' rotation in April. The Yankees host the Twins in the AL wild-card game Tuesday, so Montgomery seems unlikely to be on the roster for that matchup. If the season is extended beyond Tuesday, Montgomery may be shifted into the bullpen as the team shortens up its rotation.
Montgomery (9-7) delivered six one-run innings while earning the win Tuesday against the Rays, allowing six hits with one walk and five strikeouts. Montgomery, who hadn't pitched in 10 days, allowed a run in the first inning after loading the bases with nobody out. He escaped the frame and was outstanding the rest of the way, scattering four more baserunners while cruising to a quality start. Montgomery has now tossed back-to-back quality starts and will take a respectable 3.96 ERA into Sunday's start against the Blue Jays, as he tries to stake his claim to a place on the postseason roster.
Montgomery will start Tuesday's game against the Rays, Meredith Marakovits of YES Network reports. Montgomery will toe the rubber for Tuesday's series opener against the Rays after he was scratched from his original start over the weekend. With Montgomery pitching Tuesday, the Yankees could also send him out for a second start on Sunday (the final game of the regular season) if they aren't playing for anything meaningful, which would allow Luis Severino to be saved for the wild-card game. The rookie owns a respectable 4.06 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 136:49 K:BB through 144 innings (27 starts) this season.
Montgomery will start either Tuesday or Wednesday's game against the Rays, George A. King of the New York Post reports. Montgomery was originally slated to start Sunday before being scratched, and it wasn't immediately clear if he'd get another turn in the rotation before the season wrapped up. Though manager Joe Girardi didn't commit to the exact order, Montgomery would line up against the Rays either way. If he pitched Tuesday, though, the lefty could see a second start during the week on Sunday if the Yankees don't have anything meaningful to play for in the regular-season finale.
Montgomery (8-7) allowed no runs on four hits and one walk while striking out six across six innings to earn the victory Saturday against the Orioles. Montgomery silenced the Orioles bats while receiving a pair of three-run homers from the offense to help him earn his eighth victory of the campaign. He came into this contest having allowed nine earned runs over his last 12 innings covering three starts. He'll make his next start Saturday against the Blue Jays.