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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
Contract: view contract details

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Mike Montgomery allowed three runs -- but just one earned -- over six innings, striking out seven, against the Brewers on Thursday.
Montgomery gave up just four hits and a walk in the impressive outing. He's been pretty convincing in whatever role he's been put in this year, owning a 2.66 ERA and 1.17 WHIP over 94 2/3 innings. The Cubs will likely continue to give Montgomery starts down the stretch to keep the starters fresh for the postseason, but it's hard to predict when his next one might come. He'll be a decent streaming option when it does. Sep 16 - 12:19 AM

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Mike Montgomery turned in a solid start on Wednesday, yielding just one run in five innings, but settled for a no-decision as the Cubs lost to the Brewers.

He gave up only two base hits. His lone mistake was converted into a solo home run by Jonathan Villar. Montgomery fanned six and issued two bases-on-balls. This was his sixth start of the season after making 37 relief appearances. His overall numbers are impressive -- a 2.74 ERA with 83 strikeouts in 88 2/3 innings. It remains to be seen if Montgomery will remain in the rotation now that John Lackey is back from the disabled list.
Sep 7 - 11:52 PM

Mike Montgomery will start on Wednesday in Milwaukee.

He had been slated to return to the bullpen with John Lackey (shoulder) back, but the Cubs have decided to start Montgomery again and give their other rotation members extra rest. The left-hander holds a 4.01 ERA in five starts this season.
Sep 4 - 11:25 AM

Mike Montgomery allowed four runs -- three earned -- over four innings Thursday against the Giants.

Montgomery gave up three hits, including a homer, and walked three over his four innings of work. Cubs manager Joe Maddon has proven that he'll be aggressive when he deems it necessary -- he yanked Jason Hammel from a start last week because he saw that Hammel was laboring -- and he pinch-hit for Montgomery in the fourth inning at just 58 pitches. Montgomery has a 4.09 ERA as a member of the Cubs but owns a much more attractive 2.80 ERA over 83 2/3 innings overall. With John Lackey trending toward a Sunday return, the southpaw should move back into a relief role where he's been more effective this year.
Sep 1 - 11:12 PM

Mike Montgomery gave up three runs in five innings Friday against the Dodgers.

Montgomery kept the Cubs in the game despite allowing six hits, walking four and hitting a batter. It's unclear whether he'll get another start next week. We'd rather see Montgomery in the bullpen than in the rotation.
Aug 27 - 2:06 AM

Mike Montgomery held the Rockies to one run over 4 1/3 innings Saturday.

Montgomery, joining the rotation with John Lackey on the shelf, struck out five and allowed just one hit, a solo homer in the fifth inning. He threw 60 pitches and was given the hook for pitch count reasons, certainly not because he was ineffective. With Lackey still sidelined, Montgomery will likely get at least one more turn in the rotation, which is slated to come Friday against the Dodgers. He's not a great streaming option, given the pitch-count limitations and opponent, but desperate owners may take a flyer.
Aug 21 - 12:37 AM

Cubs acquired LHP Mike Montgomery and RHP Jordan Pries from the Mariners in exchange for 1B Dan Vogelbach and RHP Paul Blackburn.

The Cubs have been linked to the Yankees in relation to Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman, but if those options fall through or move elsewhere, Montgomery makes for a fine consolation prize. He has been a strong bullpen piece for the Mariners this season. Over 61 2/3 innings, the 27-year-old southpaw has pitched to a 2.34 ERA and 54/18 K/BB ratio while holding left-handed batters to a .164/.269/.254 slash line.
Jul 20 - 7:16 PM

Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reports that the Cubs are close to acquiring Mike Montgomery.

Per Passan, first baseman Dan Vogelbach would likely be one piece heading back to Seattle in exchange for Montgomery. The 27-year-old southpaw has mostly pitched out of the bullpen this season and holds a strong 2.34 ERA and 54/18 K/BB ratio across 61 2/3 innings. He would figure to remain in the pen for the Cubbies, who have been rumored to be in the market for a reliever as they look to make their World Series push.
Jul 20 - 5:43 PM

Mike Montgomery will start Sunday in Toronto.

Montgomery allowed three runs in five innings Sunday in his second start of the season. He's not a good fantasy streaming option versus the quick-strike Jays.
Jul 20 - 4:00 PM

Mike Montgomery wasn't at his best in a losing effort against the Astros on Sunday, allowing three runs on seven hits over his five innings of work.

The left-hander did manage to punch out seven on the afternoon while walking only two. Most of the damage was inflicted by Jose Altuve, who clubbed a two-run homer in the third inning and delivered an RBI single in the fifth. It's unclear if Montgomery will stick around to make another trip through the starting rotation or if he'll return to his role in the bullpen.
Jul 17 - 7:23 PM

Mike Montgomery will start Sunday against the Astros.

Montgomery fired 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball in a win over the Mariners before the All-Star break and he'll remain in the rotation to begin the second half. The southpaw will be followed by Wade LeBlanc on Monday versus the White Sox and Wade Miley on Tuesday.
Jul 15 - 7:25 PM

Mike Montgomery tossed 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball Sunday in the Mariners' 8-5 win over the Royals.

Montgomery was called in from the bullpen for a spot start with Taijuan Walker (foot) landing on the disabled list Wednesday. He didn't look like a long reliever on Sunday, allowing just five hits and striking out three batters while walking nobody. The one run Montgomery gave up came on a Brett Eibner solo shot in the bottom of the seventh inning. The 27-year-old lefty should get a longer look as a starter coming out of the All-Star break, but nothing is set in stone yet. He has a 2.06 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and 47/16 K/BB ratio in 56 2/3 innings (one start, 30 relief appearances) this season.
Jul 10 - 5:32 PM

Mike Montgomery will start against the Royals on Sunday.

With Taijuan Walker hitting the disabled list with tendinitis in his right foot, Montgomery will move up from the bullpen for a spot start. He has done a nice job in relief this season, pitching to a 2.15 ERA and 44/16 K/BB ratio across 50 1/3 innings. Against an up-and-down Royals team, one could do worse for a streaming option.
Jul 6 - 5:55 PM

The Mariners are shifting Mike Montgomery to the bullpen following Charlie Furbush's (shoulder) setback.

Montgomery almost surely wasn't going to crack the rotation, anyway, so the move makes sense. Left-handed batters hit .303/.380/.461 last season against Montgomery, so he might not fit a typical lefty specialist role.
Mar 13 - 2:01 PM

Mike Montgomery (neck) is scheduled to throw live batting practice Tuesday.

Montgomery had a cyst removed from his neck at the start of March, but it's not of long-term concern. The 26-year-old left-hander should be back in the routine swing of things soon enough. Last season, he held a 4.60 ERA with a 64/37 K/BB ratio across 90 innings (16 starts). He's unlikely to crack the Opening Day rotation with both James Paxton and Nate Karns sitting ahead of him on the depth chart, but making the roster out of the spring remains in play.
Mar 8 - 9:51 AM

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1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Ben Zobrist
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SS1Addison Russell
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3B1Kris Bryant
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RF1Jason Heyward
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2Jon Lester
3John Lackey
4Jason Hammel
5Kyle Hendricks
6Aaron Brooks
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3Pedro Strop
4Mike Montgomery
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