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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 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

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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

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.
Source: ESPN.com
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