Montgomery and the Royals avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.1 million deal Monday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Montgomery didn't have the smoothest of seasons in 2019, as his ERA slipped to 4.95 in 91 innings between the Royals and the Cubs after coming in below 4.00 in each of the three previous years. He'll likely have a chance to get back on track in the Royals' rotation in 2020.
Montgomery did not factor into the decision during Wednesday's loss to the Braves, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out four across 4.2 innings.
After recording two outs in the fifth inning, Montgomery quickly unraveled. He walked Ozzie Albies, then gave up an RBI double to Josh Donaldson and an RBI single to Nick Markakis before getting yanked. The left-hander was making his 13th start for Kansas City, during which he went just 2-7. Even still, Montgomery has a good chance at returning to the Royals' rotation next season. He finishes the year with a 4.64 ERA and 1.55 WHIP across 33 appearances.
Montgomery did not factor into the decision against Minnesota on Thursday, pitching four innings and giving up five runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out three.
While Montgomery's control was vastly improved over his previous appearance in which he allowed five walks, he was roughed up by a potent Twins offense that launched three home runs against him. The frustration seemed to simmer into a boiling point in the fifth inning when Montgomery was ejected -- presumably for arguing balls and strikes -- after surrendering a homer to Mitch Garver. The rough outing marked the third time in Montgomery's last six starts in which he has given up five runs, a period in which his ERA has ballooned from 3.68 to 5.00. He'll look for better results when he takes on Atlanta on Wednesday at home in his next scheduled start.
Montgomery (3-9) took the loss Saturday as the Royals fell 6-1 to the Astros, giving up two runs on five hits and five walks over five innings. He struck out one.
The southpaw threw only 48 of 86 pitches for strikes, but despite the parade of baserunners, Montgomery did a solid job limiting the damage. Unfortunately, he had little margin for error with Zack Greinke in top form for Houston. Montgomery will carry a 4.70 ERA and 62:30 K:BB through 82.1 innings into his next start Thursday in Minnesota.
Montgomery (2-6) gave up five runs on eight hits and zero walks while striking out two in four innings Sunday in Miami. He took the loss.
Montgomery has been averaging a blowup outing every third time out over his past six starts, mixing in a handful of effective starts in between the poor ones. While he has shown an ability to be a quality fantasy streamer, this rough showing against a Marlins team that ranks dead-last in the majors with a 76 wRC+ should make fantasy owners wary about deploying him, especially in shallower leagues. He faces the team with the best offense in baseball (123 wRC+) when the Astros come to town next weekend.
Montgomery held the Tigers to one run in 5.2 innings Tuesday but did not factor into the decision. He allowed six hits and one walk while striking out five.
Montgomery has now given up one run or less in four of his last five starts but was kept out of the win column Tuesday due to a leaky Kansas City bullpen. The southpaw limited Detroit to a single third-inning run while falling one out short of his fourth quality start of the season. Montgomery holds a 4.42 ERA, 1.54 WHIP and 59:25 K:BB across 73.1 total innings this season and will next head to Miami to face the Marlins on Sunday.
Montgomery (3-7) took the loss Tuesday as the Royals fell 2-1 to the A's, giving up two runs (one earned) on five hits and three walks over 6.1 innings while striking out six.
The southpaw righted the ship after a rough first inning that featured two infield singles, a two-out error by Cheslor Cuthbert and then a bases-loaded walk, but that run proved to be the difference. Montgomery has a 3.98 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 36:11 K:BB through eight starts and 40.2 innings since joining the Kansas City rotation, and he'll look for more run support in his next outing Sept. 3, at home against the Tigers.
Montgomery (3-6) allowed five earned runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out three across five innings to take the loss Wednesday against the Orioles.
Montgomery was burned by the long ball as he allowed three homers, accounting for four of his five earned runs. He had been on a strong run entering Wednesday's start, allowing only seven earned runs across 27.1 innings with 26 punchouts in his last five starts. He'll look to bounce back in his next start, currently scheduled for Tuesday against the Athletics.
Montgomery (3-5) picked up the win in Friday's 4-1 victory over the Mets, giving up an unearned run on five hits and two walks over six innings while striking out three.
The dominance the southpaw flashed in his last start disappeared, but he was still stingy enough to outduel a resurgent Noah Syndergaard. Montgomery now sports a 3.68 ERA and 27:5 K:BB through six starts and 29.1 innings since joining the Royals, and he'll look for his third straight win Wednesday in Baltimore.
Montgomery (2-5) earned the win after recording 12 strikeouts over seven shutout innings Saturday at Detroit. He allowed four hits and zero walks.
Montgomery had only 30 strikeouts over 43.1 innings this season prior to Saturday, but he generated 21 swinging strikes while allowing only four singles to the Tigers. The 30-year-old has a 5.19 ERA, 1.59 WHIP and 42:16 K:BB this season and lines up to pitch next weekend against the Mets.
Montgomery (1-5) took the loss Monday, giving up four runs (two earned) on seven hits and a walk over five innings while striking out seven as the Royals were downed 7-5 by the Red Sox.
A Nicky Lopez error in the third inning didn't help the cause, but Montgomery did record a season high in strikeouts while tossing 90 pitches (54 strikes). The lefty is still looking for his first win as a Royal, and he takes a 6.02 ERA and 30:16 K:BB through 43.1 innings into his next start Saturday in Detroit.
Montgomery (1-4) took the loss against the Blue Jays on Tuesday, giving up four earned runs on seven hits over 4.1 innings, striking out four and walking one as the Royals fell 9-2.
Montgomery limited the Indians to one earned over five innings in his last start, but he couldn't keep it rolling in this contest, as he found himself unable to work out of the fifth inning before departing after yielding four runs and tossing 78 pitches. He's given up 10 earned runs over his first 11.1 innings with the Royals, but his rotation spot figures to remain safe for the moment given that he's still adjusting to a starting role after coming out of the bullpen for the Cubs before he was traded.
Montgomery hurled five innings and gave up one run on five hits and one walk but did not factor into the decision against Cleveland on Thursday.
After giving up five runs in two innings in his previous appearance against the Indians, Montgomery was much more effective Thursday, yielding a leadoff home run to Francisco Lindor but proceeding to keep runs off the scoreboard for the remainder of his outing. He did not collect a strikeout and allowed at least one baserunner in every inning, but the lefty successfully prevented Kansas City from stringing together hits. The 30-year-old is still getting stretched out after spending most of the season in the Cubs' bullpen but looks to have a set spot in the Kansas City rotation. He'll host Toronto on Tuesday in his next scheduled start.
Montgomery (1-3) was hit with the loss after allowing five runs on six hits while striking out one over two innings Friday night against the Indians.
Montgomery didn't fare well in his first outing with his new club, surrendering one run in the first inning followed by four more in the third prior to being removed from the contest. After pitching out of Chicago's bullpen for the first half of the 2019 campaign, the Royals will need to stretch him back out for a starting role, which is why he was capped at 45 pitches Friday. The 30-year-old owns a 6.83 ERA with 19 strikeouts over 29 innings this season.
Montgomery will only throw 40-45 pitches Friday against Cleveland, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Montgomery needs to build up his stamina after pitching in relief all season. He won't be a particularly interesting fantasy option Friday due to his limited workload and will have to improve significantly on both his 14.6 percent strikeout rate and 10.6 percent walk rate if he's to have much value as a starter the rest of the season.
Montgomery will join Kansas City's rotation and start Friday's game against the Indians, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Montgomery has struggled out of the bullpen with the Cubs in 2019, so the Royals have elected to stretch him back out to a starting role following the trade. It's unclear how long he'll be able to go Friday, considering he's been used as a reliever so far this season. The lefty made 19 starts in 2018 while with Chicago.
Montgomery was traded from the Cubs to the Royals on Monday in exchange for Martin Maldonado, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
Montgomery has struggled out of the bullpen this season for Chicago, posting a 5.67 ERA and 1.78 WHIP with 18 strikeouts across 27 innings. After surrendering eight runs over his last three appearances (eight frames), a change of scenery may be just what the southpaw needs to get back on track.
Montgomery allowed five runs on six hits and three walks over 2.1 innings in Friday's 6-3 loss to the Reds. He struck out one.
Montgomery was thrust into action early, as starter Cole Hamels departed after one inning with an oblique strain, and he didn't help the Cubs' cause. Hamels was still tagged with the loss by allowing one run in his lone inning, but Montgomery let the floodgates open. The lefty long reliever has struggled this season with a 6.08 ERA across 23.2 innings of work, and he's also dealt with lat and finger injuries that have cost him some time.
Montgomery (finger) will be available to pitch Tuesday night against the Astros, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Montgomery's finger issue appears to be a thing of the past, and he stated that he can come out of the bullpen in the second game of the series if needed. The lefty owns a 4.61 ERA with 10 strikeouts over 13.2 innings this season.
Montgomery (finger) is optimistic that he'll be able to return as soon as Tuesday against Houston, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Montgomery was pulled from Monday's series opener before even throwing a pitch after experiencing discomfort in his left middle finger during his warmups. Fortunately, the swelling has since subsided. This isn't expected to be a long-term injury for the southpaw, though the team will likely re-evaluate Montgomery upon his arrival at the ballpark Tuesday.
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