Montgomery is the prohibitive favorite to land the fifth starter job according to Erik Boland of Newsday.
The 25-year-old held his own over a full season in the big leagues, producing a 3.88 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP in 29 starts. This has him in line to be the Yankees' fifth starter, but his standing could change if the Yankees add another starting pitcher (as general manage Brian Cashman hopes to do). Nonetheless, Montgomery's job seems to be relatively secure as long as he continues to exhibit good control throughout spring training.
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 potentially 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.
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