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Mike Montgomery | Relief Pitcher | #38

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (27) / 7/1/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 215
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2008 / Supplemental (Rd. 1) / KC
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Mike Montgomery fired six scoreless innings in Tuesday's victory over the Padres.
Montgomery struck out four on the night while allowing just three hits and a pair of walks. He needed just 75 pitches to navigate through six innings before Joe Maddon turned the ball over to his bullpen. The left-hander has excelled in his transition to the rotation and now owns a sparkling 2.26 ERA and 1.24 WHIP on the season. He'll do battle against the Marlins his next time out on Sunday in Miami. Jun 20 - 11:14 PM

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Mike Montgomery surrendered three runs -- two earned -- in five innings of work and took a no-decision against the Mets on Wednesday.

He left the game in line for the win but his bullpen blew that lead and more in the loss. He gave up six hits (all singles) and one free pass while striking out four batters in the contest. This was his second start after making 18 appearances in relief. He owns a cool 2.56 ERA with 35 strikeouts and 24 walks in 45 2/3 innings.
Jun 14 - 10:37 PM

Mike Montgomery allowed two runs over four frames in Friday's loss to the Rockies.

He struck out five over his four innings and yielded just three hits, but Montgomery walked three and served up a two-run homer to Ryan Hanigan. It's sounding like Montgomery could be headed back to the bullpen now, as Kyle Hendricks (hand) is due back next week.
Jun 9 - 6:16 PM

Mike Montgomery will start Friday's game against the Rockies.

He'll be filling in for Kyle Hendricks, who was placed on the disabled list with right hand tendinitis. Hendricks should return after a minimum DL stint, so this may be the only start Montgomery ends up making. The left-hander has been used exclusively out of the pen this year, though he went 1-1 with a 3.28 ERA over seven starts last season.
Jun 8 - 5:30 PM

Mike Montgomery recorded another save with 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief Monday against the Marlins.

Just as in his previous save May 25, Montgomery took over for Eddie Butler in the sixth and finished the game from there. He's pitched 36 2/3 innings out of the pen with a 2.21 ERA to date.
Jun 6 - 12:52 AM

Mike Montgomery pitched four scoreless innings for a save against the Giants on Thursday.

Montgomery came into a 2-1 game and stayed in as the Cubs added three insurances runs. It was his first career save. He's now thrown 31 2/3 innings this year, putting him on an incredibly high pace for a reliever. The Cubs could back off him or some or they still could transition him into the rotation at some point.
May 25 - 5:37 PM

Mike Montgomery pitched three scoreless innings out of the pen Thursday against the Phillies.

Under other circumstances, Montgomery probably would have continued on in the 13th today. However, he had just thrown 3 2/3 innings in relief of Brett Anderson on Monday. His 45 pitches today came on two days' rest.
May 4 - 7:02 PM

Mike Montgomery pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of Brett Anderson on Monday.

Anderson was bombed in this one, but since he was fine in his first four starts, no rotation switch figures to come. Obviously, Montgomery is the next pitcher into the rotation when something opens up. He has a 1.50 ERA in 18 innings out of the pen.
May 2 - 12:51 AM

Mike Montgomery will begin the 2017 season in the Cubs' bullpen.

Montgomery got a look for an Opening Day rotation spot this spring, as promised, but the Cubs are going with Brett Anderson as their No. 5 starter. Montgomery posted an impressive 2.52 ERA in seven starts and 42 relief appearances last year between Seattle and Chicago.
Mar 23 - 2:35 PM

Mike Montgomery had mixed results in Sunday's Cactus League start against the Royals, allowing two runs on two hits in his three innings of work.

The southpaw flashed his dominance in the outing, racking up five strikeouts while walking just one. All of the damage was inflicted by Mike Moustakas, with a solo blast in the first and a sacrifice fly in the third. Montgomery's primary competition for fifth starter's role in Chicago, Brett Anderson, gave up three runs in his 3 1/3 innings of work later in the contest.
Mar 20 - 12:40 AM

Mike Montgomery started against the Mariners on Thursday and gave up one run in two innings.

He allowed three hits against his former team, one of which was a home run. The run was the first Montgomery has allowed in four innings of work this spring. The man he is battling for the last spot in the Cubs' starting rotation, Brett Anderson, gave up two runs on five hits in his two inning stint today. Montgomery put up a stellar 2.52 ERA with 92 strikeouts in 100 innings last year with the Mariners and Cubs.
Mar 9 - 6:34 PM

Mike Montgomery allowed an unearned run in one inning of work in Friday’s Cactus League start against the Reds.

Montgomery struck out three in the frame, but he gave up two hits and a two-base error by center fielder Albert Almora set things up for the Reds to grab an early lead. The goal was for him to pitch further into the game, but he had reached his pitch limit. After being acquired from the Mariners last year, the 27-year-old put up a 2.82 ERA and 38/20 K/BB ratio in 38 1/3 innings over five starts and 12 relief appearances. He’d have quite a bit of appeal in mixed leagues if he beats out Brett Anderson for the final spot in the Cubs’ rotation, but manager Joe Maddon has talked about using them as part of a tandem in the role. It should be an interesting situation to follow.
Mar 3 - 5:43 PM

Making his Cactus League debut in Saturday's split-squad win over the A's, Mike Montgomery pitched an inning of scoreless ball.

Montgomery struck out two and walked two as he got his spring season started. He did not allow a hit, hence why the walks didn't come back to bite him. Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Saturday morning that there is a possibility Montgomery and Brett Anderson might split the fifth and final rotation spot. That would be somewhat unconventional.
Feb 25 - 5:57 PM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Saturday that Mike Montgomery and Brett Anderson could share the fifth starter's role, rather than either winning it outright this spring.

Neither hurler is stretched out to 200 innings, so they could alternate in the role throughout the season with the other serving as as long man in the bullpen. While the idea makes sense from the Cubs' perspective, it detracts from the potential fantasy value of both left-handers.
Feb 25 - 12:51 PM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Sunday that Mike Montgomery and Brett Anderson will each get a chance to pitch in the first week of spring training games.

The two southpaws are among those competing for the fifth spot in the Cubs' Opening Day rotation, so the club wants to get as many looks at them as possible. Maddon also wants ease the rest of his starters into spring action after the extra innings they logged on the Cubs' march to the World Series in 2016.
Source: MLB.com
Feb 19 - 5:52 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Willson Contreras
2Miguel Montero
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Javier Baez
SS1Addison Russell
3B1Kris Bryant
2Tommy La Stella
LF1Ian Happ
2Mark Zagunis
CF1Albert Almora
2Jon Jay
RF1Jason Heyward
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Lester
2Jake Arrieta
3Kyle Hendricks
4John Lackey
5Brett Anderson
6Eddie Butler
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Wade Davis
2Carl Edwards Jr.
3Pedro Strop
4Koji Uehara
5Hector Rondon
6Mike Montgomery
7Brian Duensing
8Justin Grimm
9Felix Pena
10Dylan Floro