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Mike Montgomery | Starting 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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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. On Saturday, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said that there is a possibility that Montgomery and Brett Anderson might split the fifth and final rotation spot. That would be somewhat unconventional. Feb 25 - 5:57 PM

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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.
Feb 19 - 5:52 PM

Mike Montgomery said he'll enter spring training as a starter.

Montgomery was used almost exclusively as a starter in the minor leagues but spent most of 2016 coming out of the bullpen. Unless the Cubs add an arm this offseason, Montgomery will likely open 2017 as the Cubs' fifth starter. That spot was previously filled by Jason Hammel, who had his option declined last week.
Sat, Nov 12, 2016 07:45:00 PM

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.
Fri, Sep 16, 2016 12:19:00 AM

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.
Wed, Sep 7, 2016 11:52:00 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.
Sun, Sep 4, 2016 11:25:00 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.
Thu, Sep 1, 2016 11:12:00 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.
Sat, Aug 27, 2016 02:06:00 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.
Sun, Aug 21, 2016 12:37:00 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.
Wed, Jul 20, 2016 07:16:00 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.
Wed, Jul 20, 2016 05:43:00 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.
Wed, Jul 20, 2016 04:00:00 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.
Sun, Jul 17, 2016 07:23:00 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.
Fri, Jul 15, 2016 07:25:00 PM

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4Ali Solis
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Javier Baez
3Tommy La Stella
4Jemile Weeks
SS1Addison Russell
3B1Kris Bryant
LF1Kyle Schwarber
CF1Jon Jay
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RF1Jason Heyward
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Starting Pitcher
S1Jon Lester
2Jake Arrieta
3Kyle Hendricks
4John Lackey
5Mike Montgomery
6Brett Anderson
7Aaron Brooks
8Duane Underwood
Relief Pitcher
R1Wade Davis
2Hector Rondon
3Pedro Strop
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5Carl Edwards Jr.
6Justin Grimm
7Rob Zastryzny
8Felix Pena
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10Eddie Butler
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