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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 held the Rockies scoreless over four innings of work Saturday.
Montgomery allowed two hits and walked two, also striking out two in the contest. Despite being used as a starter during Cactus League play, there's no spot in the rotation for the southpaw at the moment. Montgomery will be a valuable bullpen piece for the Cubs this year, though, and will likely be the first man up if a rotation need arises. Mar 24 - 11:42 PM

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Mike Montgomery gave up a pair of runs across 3 2/3 innings in Tuesday's Cactus League outing versus the Padres.

He didn't walk anyone and struck out three, but Montgomery permitting five hits -- including a Carlos Asuaje home run. The Cubs are keeping the left-hander stretched out this spring, but he's on track to begin the season back in the bullpen.
Mar 13 - 6:07 PM

Mike Montgomery told Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune that he would like assurances that his arm will be protected if he's not a part of the rotation.

With the signing of Yu Darvish, Montgomery is all but assuredly bumped from the rotation mix behind Darvish, Jose Quintana, Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks and Tyler Chatwood. Montgomery told Gonzales that last year was taxing on his arm -- a year that saw him begin in the bullpen, move to the rotation and then move back to relief duties. He's also made it clear that he views himself as a starting pitcher. The Cubs see obvious value in Montgomery's ability to pitch as a starter or a reliever, but in this market, it's also possible he could be moved to a team that can slide him immediately into their rotation.
Feb 14 - 4:14 PM

Mike Montgomery wants a chance to start with the Cubs in 2018, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Montgomery posted a 4.15 ERA in 69 1/3 innings as a starter in 2017, and a 2.49 ERA in 61 1/3 innings as a reliever. It's not clear what the Cubs have in mind for him next year, but it's a safe bet they won't halt their plans to upgrade the rotation via external additions in order to meet this demand.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 08:47:00 PM

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.
Tue, Sep 19, 2017 10:14:00 PM

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.
Mon, Sep 18, 2017 01:20:00 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.
Wed, Sep 13, 2017 06:12:00 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.
Sat, Sep 9, 2017 07:45:00 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.
Sun, Sep 3, 2017 05:26:00 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.
Thu, Aug 31, 2017 05:32:00 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.
Mon, Aug 28, 2017 11:35:00 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.
Sun, Aug 27, 2017 08:19:00 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.
Thu, Aug 24, 2017 12:17:00 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.
Fri, Aug 18, 2017 12:46:00 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.
Thu, Aug 17, 2017 06:27:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Willson Contreras
2Victor Caratini
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Javier Baez
2Ben Zobrist
SS1Addison Russell
3B1Kris Bryant
2Tommy La Stella
LF1Kyle Schwarber
CF1Ian Happ
2Albert Almora
RF1Jason Heyward
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Lester
2Yu Darvish
3Jose Quintana
4Kyle Hendricks
5Tyler Chatwood
6Drew Smyly
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brandon Morrow
2Carl Edwards Jr.
3Steve Cishek
4Pedro Strop
5Justin Wilson
6Brian Duensing
7Mike Montgomery
8Eddie Butler
9Justin Hancock