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Mike Montgomery | Relief Pitcher | #38

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (28) / 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 allowed only one hit over six innings of one-run ball in Tuesday’s 2-1 victory over the Rays.
Montgomery was sent back to the bullpen last week but was brilliant in his return to the rotation, striking out six while not walking any. A Brad Miller solo home run with one out in the sixth was all the Rays were able to muster off of the left-hander. Montgomery could be headed back to the ‘pen with Jake Arrieta (hamstring) due back later this week, but if he gets another start he’ll be worth using in fantasy leagues. Sep 19 - 10:14 PM

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Mike Montgomery will start Tuesday against the Rays.

Montgomery was moved to the bullpen last week, with Jen-Ho Tseng joining the rotation, but the Cubs have quickly reversed course. Jon Lester was previously scheduled to start Tuesday, but he'll now be moved back a day to Wednesday. Montgomery owns a 3.57 ERA and 90/52 K/BB ratio over 118 1/3 innings this season, though he has been more effective out of the bullpen. He hasn't thrown more than 64 pitches in an appearance this month, so we wouldn't expect him to pitch deep into the game. Jake Arrieta (hamstring) is making progress, so this could strictly be a spot-start.
Sep 18 - 1:20 PM

Mike Montgomery will not start on Thursday and is being moved to the bullpen beginning Wednesday.

Jen-Ho Tseng will get the start instead against the Mets, and Montgomery will be available in the bullpen beginning Wednesday. It makes sense, as he's likely to fill a relief role for the Cubs if they are to make the postseason. For the season, Montgomery has a 5-8 record with a 3.64 ERA in 116 1/3 innings.
Sep 13 - 6:12 PM

Mike Montgomery surrendered four earned runs over two-plus innings Saturday in the Cubs' blowout loss to the Brewers.

Montgomery was lifted after allowing the first four batters to reach in the top of the third inning. That turned into an eight-run frame for the Brewers and they would go on to win the game 15-2. Montgomery is not guaranteed another turn in the rotation.
Sep 9 - 7:45 PM

Mike Montgomery allowed three earned runs over five innings Sunday in a loss to the Braves.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon suggested earlier this week that Montgomery might be shifted back into the bullpen for the final four weeks of the regular season and Sunday's loss to Atlanta will probably expedite that move. Though he figures to see a few spot starts here and there as the Cubs try to find rest for their rotation stalwarts. The left-hander holds a 3.38 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and 86/47 K/BB ratio in 114 1/3 innings (11 starts, 27 relief appearances) this season.
Sep 3 - 5:26 PM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon was noncommittal on whether Mike Montgomery would remain in the rotation after facing the Braves on Sunday.

Montgomery almost certainly will make additional starts, but it's unclear whether the Cubs will slide him in full-time as part of a six-man rotation or just give him the occasional spot start in September. He'll be worth playing in mixed leagues when he's starting.
Aug 31 - 5:32 PM

Mike Montgomery allowed one run over seven-plus innings Monday in the Cubs' 6-1 win over the Pirates.

Montgomery was allowed to start the eighth while throwing a shutout, but he immediately gave up a homer to Jordy Mercer and was pulled, even though he was still at just 87 pitches. If Montgomery can stay in the rotation in September, he'll likely be an asset in mixed leagues. However, it's unclear whether the Cubs will go to a six-man rotation or just give Montgomery the occasional spot start.
Aug 28 - 11:35 PM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon on Saturday said the club will consider using a six-man rotation in September.

"It's going to be a combination of evaluating each guy at that point, and then making our best call," Maddon said. "The position we're in might determine all that. As of right now, we have not had that conversation. I know we talked about it all year, but there's been built-in rest, just based on injuries and those kinds of things." Mike Montgomery threw six shutout innings in his first start filling in for Jon Lester (shoulder) last week and will get another start Monday. Lester is on track to rejoin the rotation next weekend, but it sounds as if Montgomery might still get some starts in September if the Cubs employ a six-man rotation.
Aug 27 - 8:19 AM

Mike Montgomery held the Reds scoreless on four hits in six innings during a 9-3 win on Wednesday.

He allowed just four singles and one walk while striking out four in the premium outing. Montgomery was making his first start since mid-July as he fills in for the injured Jon Lester (shoulder) in the Cubs' rotation. For the season he improves to 4-6 with a 3.43 ERA and 1.27 WHIP.
Aug 24 - 12:17 AM

Mike Montgomery will take Jon Lester's (shoulder) spot in the Cubs' rotation.

Lester is only expected to miss 1-2 starts, so it would appear Montgomery is guaranteed only an outing in Cincinnati next week. He's posted a 3.64 ERA and 77/45 K/BB ratio over 96 1/3 innings across 35 appearances -- eight starts -- for the Cubbies this season. Montgomery is worth scooping up in deep leagues.
Aug 18 - 12:46 PM

Mike Montgomery pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of an injured Jon Lester Thursday against the Reds.

Montgomery gave the Cubs a chance to come back, though they still fell a little short in the end. He'll probably rejoin the rotation next week if Lester needs to go on the disabled list.
Aug 17 - 6:27 PM

Cubs' manager Joe Maddon announced Saturday that Mike Montgomery has been moved back to the bullpen effective immediately.

With Kyle Hendricks set to return on Monday, Montgomery will move back to his flexible role in the bullpen. The 28-year-old southpaw boasts a 3.83 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 65/38 K/BB ratio over 80 innings on the season.
Jul 22 - 2:00 PM

Mike Montgomery tossed six innings of one-run ball Wednesday in the Cubs' 8-2 win over the Braves.

Montgomery was terrific, yielding just two hits and one walk while striking out five as the Cubs moved to 6-0 since the All-Star break. One of the two hits was a solo shot by Ender Inciarte in the bottom of the sixth inning, but that was the only blemish in the afternoon outing and Montgomery hit a homer of his own in the fifth -- the first of his career. Montgomery had struggled over his last four starts, so this was an encouraging rebound. He'll get the White Sox at Wrigley Field next.
Jul 19 - 3:25 PM

Mike Montgomery struggled in a no-decision against the Orioles on Friday, surrendering four runs on five hits in 4 1/3 innings of work.

The left-hander fanned two and walked two. After being staked to an early 8-0 lead, Montgomery allowed the O's to chip away and get back in the game with single runs in the third and fourth innings and three more in the fifth. He'll stick in the rotation for at least one more start, taking on the Braves in Atlanta on Wednesday.
Jul 14 - 11:40 PM

Mike Montgomery could be available out of the bullpen Sunday against the Pirates.

Montgomery last started on Thursday and could substitute his usual bullpen session for a relief appearance. With Kyle Hendricks slated to return from the DL shortly after the break, Montgomery may soon be transitioning to the bullpen full-time.
Jul 8 - 9:38 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Willson Contreras
2Alex Avila
3Rene Rivera
4Victor Caratini
5Taylor Davis
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Javier Baez
SS1Addison Russell
3B1Kris Bryant
2Tommy La Stella
LF1Kyle Schwarber
2Ian Happ
CF1Jon Jay
2Albert Almora
RF1Jason Heyward
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Lester
2Jose Quintana
3Kyle Hendricks
4Tyler Chatwood
5Jen-Ho Tseng
6Adbert Alzolay
7Oscar De La Cruz
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Carl Edwards Jr.
2Pedro Strop
3Justin Wilson
4Koji Uehara
5Brian Duensing
6Justin Grimm
7Dillon Maples
8Rob Zastryzny
9Mike Montgomery
10Dario Alvarez
11Cory Mazzoni