Jordan Montgomery’s dominance with the Cardinals has reached such a high level that few remember him being traded from the Yankees.
Sent to St. Louis before the July trade deadline, Montgomery threw a shutout in the seventh inning to keep St. Louis, Lars Nutvaal and Tommy Edman undefeated at home while the host Cardinals returned to Chicago on Friday night. Beat the Cubs 8-0. .
Things are going very well for the 29-year-old Montgomery, and after his recent win, he couldn’t help but have some fun with reporters.
“What deal?” Montgomery asked with a laugh. “I don’t remember it.
Montgomery, who is currently 8-3 with a 3.15 ERA, has improved to 5-0 with a 1.47 ERA since being acquired from the Yankees in a trade on Aug. 2. He had two hits to lead in the seventh in front of reliever Jordan Hicks. He struck out pinch hitters Zach McKinstry, Nick Madrigal, and Seiya Suzuki.
That could change, but the Yankees are currently losing on this term deal. Speedy center fielder Harrison Bader, who the Yankees acquired in a trade, is yet to hit the field. He is currently in rehab for a foot injury (plantar fasciitis).
As for the Cubs, they must be sick of playing against Montgomery. The left-hander, who won with 7 hits, 2 strikeouts and 2 walks, extended his scoreless record to 22 against the Cubs. He pitched his seventh inning scoreless earlier in the season as a member of the Yankees, defeating them 1–0 on August 21 at Wrigley Field.
“I run a lot of pitches and I’m only throwing three pitches for a strike,” he said. “So I’m going to keep doing it.”
Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado said: I am very happy that he is here and that he is a cardinal. “
“I can’t believe he’s here. It’s amazing. We’re so lucky to have him,” he said.
The NL Central leaders have won five of their last six games, and homers from Nutvar and Edman in the closing stages thwarted a close 3-0 game. Nutevar’s 11 home runs and Edman’s 12 were off Cubs relief pitcher Sean Newcomb.
The Cubs had many chances, but it was 9-0 with runners in scoring position. Manager David Ross could not explain why his club had such a hard time against Montgomery.
“Tonight was a little different. I thought I was pretty dominant the two times before I played him,” Ross said. “It didn’t look like he had the best staff and command. But he found a way with two seamers and overthrew the guys.He does a great job of keeping us off balance.”
— with AP