Until Tuesday afternoon, Jordan Montgomery stated he by no means thought of enjoying for an additional workforce.
“I used to think I’d be a Yankee for life,” Montgomery stated.
Instead, he’ll be dealing with his former workforce in his first start as a Cardinal when he takes the mound Saturday at Busch Stadium after he was traded for outfielder Harrison Bader shortly earlier than the Tuesday deadline.
“It’s awkward,’’ Montgomery said in St. Louis before the Yankees’ 4-3 series-opening loss to the Cardinals on Friday. “It’s strange timing, but it’s a business and I’ll treat it like any other game. … I didn’t want to face them the first time I’m pitching for a new organization, but I’m a competitor and will shake off the nerves.”
General supervisor Brian Cashman and the Yankees decided the injured Bader and the depth and velocity he supplies within the outfield outweighed the worth Montgomery offered, particularly in October.
“If [Cashman] thinks that, I don’t care,’’ Montgomery said. “I’m excited to be wanted. I’m a Cardinal now. I’ll give it my best.”
Montgomery was upset and emotional after studying of the commerce, however stated his perspective has modified since arriving in St. Louis.
“It’s a good baseball team,’’ Montgomery said. “If I could be somewhere other than New York, it would be here.”
Former Cardinal Matt Carpenter talked to his previous teammates about Montgomery, who stated that made the transition simpler.
“I do know the feelings he was going by way of,’’ stated Carpenter, who’s making his return to the town the place he spent his complete main league career till this season.
“[The trade] happened so fast,’’ Carpenter said. “He played his whole career [in New York]. It’s a great place, a special place and he didn’t really know what to think. And I was trying to fire him up [by saying], ‘It’s hard for you to realize this now, but you’re gonna love this. … You’re a perfect fit for over there. You might not see it now, but it’s gonna be great for you. I think he heard it.”
On his method out of The Bronx, Montgomery described his mindset as “loves baseball, works hard, [is] a good teammate and will die on the mound.”
It’s an perspective he partially picked up from fellow lefty CC Sabathia, a teammate early in Montgomery’s career. And Montgomery clearly wished at instances he pitched in a distinct period, when starters tended to pitch deeper into video games.
But it was that lack of put-away stuff that at instances drove up Montgomery’s pitch depend and helped the Yankees resolve that he wasn’t of their playoff rotation plans — after which not of their plans in any respect.
Still, by way of 21 begins, Montgomery had a career-best WHIP of 1.10 and whereas his strikeouts have been down almost two per 9 innings this season, he had matched a career-best 1.8 walks per 9.
But his final two outings as a Yankee have been tough.
Montgomery acquired knocked out within the third inning of his July 26 start at Citi Field in opposition to the Mets, when he allowed two homers and 5 runs in simply 2 ¹/₃ innings.
He was additionally shaky on Sunday in opposition to the Royals, giving up 4 runs in 4 innings.
While he pitched effectively at instances in July, the Yankees lost all six of his begins, as Montgomery — as he typically was throughout his Yankees tenure — was a sufferer of spotty run help. Only Gerrit Cole had made extra begins and pitched extra innings for the Yankees this season.
But with their eyes already on the postseason, the Yankees decided the potential for Bader within the outfield was extra priceless than Montgomery on the mound, since they hope to have Cole, Frankie Montas, Nestor Cortes and maybe Luis Severino or Jameson Taillon within the rotation and might survive with Domingo German — who will start in opposition to Montgomery for the Yankees on Saturday — there within the common season.