ST LOUIS — Jordan Montgomery has settled in quickly in his new clubhouse. The former Yankees lefty said Matt Carpenter, who played most of his career here at Busch Stadium, called ahead and made an easy transition for him, though there is still some shock over Tuesday night’s trade.
“I’m still a little surprised when I see myself in red,” Montgomery said with a laugh.
But the shock wears off and he’s starting to get to grips with his new reality. While his teammates were effusive in their praise after his departure, GM Brian Cashman indicated that Montgomery’s replacement for Frankie Montas was an upgrade and clearly indicated that the left-handed Bombers Was not included in K’s postseason plans.
Montgomery closed it on Friday.
“I don’t care if he thinks that. I mean, obviously I’m here in the conversation (about the postseason),” Montgomery said. “So I’m excited to be wanted. And I’m a Cardinal now. I’ll do my best.”
The Yankees will get an up-close-and-personal look at what they gave up Saturday night when they pitch against their former teammates. In a trade that still worries how it weakened the Bombers’ pitching depth, they sent Montgomery to St. Louis for Harrison Bader, a powerful defensive center fielder who is on the injured list. And is in a walking boot for at least a week.
“I still don’t really think I’ve ever performed the way I should here,” a surprised Montgomery said Tuesday night. “I’m a much better player than I’ve ever shown, but I think I’ve been consistent and definitely worked hard.”
However, the reality is that, despite a rough run during his last few outings, Montgomery was a pretty solid starter for the Yankees. The 29-year-old native lefty pitched to a 3.94 ERA over six seasons in the big leagues. That season, Montgomery pitched to a 3-3 record thanks to poor run support and a 3.69 ERA over 114.2 innings. The lefty’s numbers were a bit deceiving, however, as his xERA of 4.14 indicates some very positive luck.
Deling Montgomery removed the last piece of Yankees pitching depth insurance. While the Yankees made it clear that they felt they could trade Montgomery because he would not be in their postseason rotation after acquiring Frankie Montas, that would leave them already in the outfit. remains with the rotation showing signs of
Jameson Talon, who has quite the injury history, is struggling. Luis Severino is being slowly returned from the injured list, perhaps due to his injury history. Garrett Cole just hasn’t been the pitcher the Yankees need in the big games. Nestor Cortes has been the Bombers’ most consistent and reliable starter of the season, but he’s playing so many innings that it’s all new to him. The trade deadline saw the Bombers ship away their top pitching prospects, leaving only Domingo German and Clark Schmidt, if anything. While Schmidt lengthens himself in Triple-A, the Bombers are going to run out German and his 6.39 ERA.
Many in the industry are wondering if the Yankees were trying to flip Bader for another front-end starter and the second part of the deal is gone. On Thursday, speaking on two New York radio shows, GM Brian Cashman was adamant that the Montgomery trade for Bader was a straightforward deal and not part of a larger, multi-inning deal that was pushed through at the last minute. I fell.
He also made it clear that this was a deal made in October to make the Yankees more dangerous.
Bader, a New York native who went to Horace Mann High School in Riverdale, could be a very specific weapon in the playoffs.
The 28-year-old center fielder won’t be an offensive threat, though he can stretch down the line. Before being sidelined with plantar fasciitis, Bader was hitting .256/.303/.370 with five home runs and a .673 OPSA in 72 games. That’s down slightly from the .258/.327/.457 he hit with 20 homers in 2020-21.
When healthy, which is expected in September, Bader could slide into a regular rotation in the outfield, allowing Giancarlo Stanton, who will also come off the injured list at some point, to return to DH for a while. This can be used when they want to sweep Aaron Judge off his feet.
But Badr was not brought in in September. It’s strictly about the playoffs.
And he should be used regularly late in postseason games. He is obviously the best defensive option in center field and should play the last innings there. Bader’s speed ranks in the top 94th percentile, meaning his speed makes him a base-stealing threat. This can be huge in close playoff games when getting into scoring position or beating a throw home can be the difference between advancing or going home early.
Meet me at ST. Louie
Frankie Montas will fly from Arizona and meet the Yankees in St. Louis on Saturday morning. The right-hander, acquired by the Yankees from AK Monday, is scheduled to make his Yankee debut on Sunday.
He has been on the bereaved list and with family since his mother-in-law’s death.
Montas, who last started on July 26, threw a bullpen Wednesday.
“Fortunately, he’s in Arizona, where he lives and he has really good setups as far as he can throw, and so he had a 35-pitch bullpen the other day where he could get after that. was worth it,” Boone said. “We were able to see things like that and then yesterday and today he had a catch play so we’ve been able to keep tabs on him and communicate with him so I think we’re in a good place. should.”
Zach Burton faced live hitters for the first time since undergoing elbow reconstruction surgery on Thursday. “The reports are good,” Boone said.
“Yeah, 14 pitches is good. I actually talked to him yesterday and he was really excited about it,” Boone said. “I saw it. Looked good. The sinker profile looks really good. Probably as big as I think the next day he felt really good, felt strong. So I think he’s going to have a good start this week. Finally got another bullpen and I think he got another live session in the middle of next week.” Burton, 34, is still considered an option at the end of next month, but the Yankees declined to put a specific timeline on Burton is in the final year of his contract with the Yankees.
Stanton is starting.
Giancarlo Stanton continued to ramp up his baseball activities on Friday.
“He’s still more baseball today. I think he hit the machine yesterday,” Stanton said. “He had a little run and that’s what he was doing today. So he’s making progress.” On July 26, Stanton went on the injured list with left Achilles tendinitis.
RIZZO LATE SCRATCH
Anthony Rizzo was scratched from the Yankees lineup against the Cardinals about 45 minutes before the first pitch at Busch Stadium on Friday night. According to the team, he suffered “tightness” in the lower back.
The first baseman missed four games last month with a groin strain, which he said he has had in the past, usually once a season.
Aaron Boone said Rizzo felt something during batting practice.
“I think the last time he knew it was very similar to the past where he knew it was going to happen some day,” the Yankees manager said. “He didn’t look like when he came in before (the game) but then, we’ll see what we have.”
Rizzo was on a hit streak. He hit four straight games from July 29-Aug. 2, but went 0-4 in Wednesday’s loss to the Mariners. Overall, the 32-year-old is hitting .227/.347/.511 with an .858 OPS. He crushed 27 home runs and drove in 66 RBI.