Mike Montgomery (baseball)

Michael Paul Montgomery (born July 1, 1989) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He was drafted by the Royals in the first round of the 2008 MLB draft, and made his MLB debut with the Seattle Mariners in 2015. The Mariners traded him to the Chicago Cubs in 2016. Montgomery recorded the save in Game 7 of the Cubs' 2016 World Series championship.

Mike Montgomery
Mike Montgomery (baseball) 2017
Montgomery with the Chicago Cubs in 2017
Kansas City Royals – No. 21
Pitcher
Born: July 1, 1989 (age 30)
Mission Hills, California
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
June 2, 2015, for the Seattle Mariners
MLB statistics
(through August 16, 2019)
Win–loss record23–30
Earned run average3.72
Strikeouts387
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Professional career

Minor Leagues

Montgomery was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the first round, with the 36th selection, of the 2008 MLB draft out of William S. Hart High School in Santa Clarita, California. In 2012, he posted a combined record of 5–12 in 27 starts while splitting the season between the Royals' Double A and Triple A clubs.[1] On November 20, 2012, the Royals added Montgomery to the 40-man roster in anticipation of the upcoming Rule 5 Draft of Minor League players.[1]

On December 9, 2012, Montgomery was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays (along with Jake Odorizzi, Patrick Leonard, and Wil Myers) in exchange for James Shields and Wade Davis.[2] He was optioned to AAA on March 11, 2013.[3]

Seattle Mariners

On March 31, 2015, Montgomery was traded to the Seattle Mariners for Erasmo Ramírez.[4] After an injury sidelined James Paxton, the Mariners called Montgomery up to the majors for the first time on June 2, 2015. He started that night against the New York Yankees at Safeco Field, giving up one run, four hits, and walking two while striking out four and leaving after six innings with a 2–1 lead. He was on track to earn his first major league win, but the Mariners lost the game.[5]

On June 23, 2015, Montgomery became the first Mariners left-handed pitcher to ever throw a complete game shutout with 10 strikeouts and no walks, getting the win against the Kansas City Royals 7–0.[6][7] Following his first career complete game shutout, Montgomery pitched his second consecutive shutout on June 30, 2015. He allowed one hit, a double in the 7th inning, to the San Diego Padres in a 5–0 win.[8] He is the first Mariners pitcher since Freddy García in 2001 to throw complete game shutouts in consecutive starts.

On August 30, 2015, Montgomery was sent back down to the Tacoma Rainiers. He made the Mariners' opening day roster in 2016 as a reliever.

Chicago Cubs

2016 Season

On July 20, 2016, the Seattle Mariners traded Montgomery and prospect Jordan Pries to the Chicago Cubs for prospects Dan Vogelbach and Paul Blackburn.[9] After allowing a three-run home run to the first batter he faced as a Cub,[10] Montgomery performed well during the remainder of the season. He pitched in 17 games (including five starts), with a 2.82 ERA with the Cubs.[11]

Montgomery had a strong postseason performance in 2016, playing an instrumental role in the team's championship run. Cumulatively he went 1-1, including 11 appearances, ​14 13 innings pitched, and a 3.14 ERA.[12] Most notably, Montgomery relieved Carl Edwards Jr. in the bottom of the 10th inning in Game 7 of the World Series. With a runner on first base and two outs in a one-run game, he finished the game with a ground out to third base. Montgomery earned his first career save, winning the World Series for the Chicago Cubs for the first time in 108 years.[13]

Cubs reliever Mike Montgomery delivers a pitch in the 10th inning of World Series Game 7. (30630165672)
Mike Montgomery pitches the final out in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series.

2017 Season

Montgomery continued to perform well in 2017, with 44 appearances (14 starts), and a 3.38 ERA for the season.[14] His record was 7-8, along with three saves. His performance through mid-May was exceptional, with his ERA dropping to 1.08. After gradually rising to 4.01 in mid-July, it leveled out in the remainder of the season.[15] Of note, Montgomery hit his first career home run off Atlanta Braves pitcher R.A. Dickey on July 19.[16]

In contrast with his 2016 performance, Montgomery struggled in the 2017 post-season. Between the division series against the Washington Nationals and the league championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Montgomery had five appearances and ​4 13 innings pitched. He allowed three home runs, finishing with a 16.62 postseason ERA.

2018 Season

Montgomery had a 5-6 record with a 3.99 ERA in 124 innings.

2019 Season

Before being traded, Montgomery had a 1-2 record with a 5.67 ERA in 27 innings.

Kansas City Royals

On July 15th, 2019, it was reported that Montgomery had been traded back to the Royals, with the Cubs receiving catcher Martín Maldonado in exchange.[17] He gave up 5 runs in 2 innings and took the loss in his first start on July 19.

References

  1. ^ a b Kaegel, Dick (November 20, 2012). "Royals make moves to finalize 40-man roster". MLB.com. Retrieved November 21, 2012.
  2. ^ Chastain, Bill (December 9, 2012). "Rays deal Shields to Royals for Myers, prospects". MLB.com. Retrieved April 1, 2015.
  3. ^ Chastain, Bill (March 11, 2013). "Rays send 11 players to Minor League camp". MLB.com. Retrieved April 1, 2015.
  4. ^ Chastain, Bill (March 31, 2015). "Rays acquire righty Ramirez in trade with Mariners". MLB.com. Retrieved April 1, 2015.
  5. ^ "Yankees 5, Mariners 3, June 2, 2015, 7:10 pm PDT, Safeco Field". Baseball Reference. Retrieved June 3, 2015.
  6. ^ Schoenfield, David (June 23, 2015). "Tuesday's Power Rankings". ESPN.com. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
  7. ^ "Mariners 7, Royals 0, June 23, 2015, 7:10 pm PDT, Safeco Field". Baseball Reference. Retrieved August 30, 2015.
  8. ^ "Mariners 5, Padres 0, June 30, 2015, 7:10 pm PDT, Petco Park". Baseball Reference. Retrieved August 30, 2015.
  9. ^ https://www.mlb.com/news/cubs-get-mike-montgomery-in-4-player-trade/c-190721458
  10. ^ https://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/ct-cubs-john-lackey-20160723-story.html
  11. ^ https://www.mlb.com/player/mike-montgomery-543557
  12. ^ https://www.mlb.com/player/mike-montgomery-543557?stats=gamelogs-p-pitching-mlb&year=2016
  13. ^ Bastian, Jordan; Muskat, Carrie. "Chicago Cubs win 2016 World Series". MLB. Retrieved November 3, 2016.
  14. ^ https://www.mlb.com/player/mike-montgomery-543557?stats=gamelogs-r-pitching-mlb&year=2017
  15. ^ https://www.mlb.com/player/mike-montgomery-543557?stats=gamelogs-r-pitching-mlb&year=2017
  16. ^ https://www.dailyherald.com/sports/20170719/montgomery-homers-as-chicago-cubs-beat-braves-8-2-for-6th-straight-win
  17. ^ https://www.royalsreview.com/2019/7/15/20695769/royals-trade-martin-maldonado-to-the-cubs

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2016 Chicago Cubs season

The 2016 Chicago Cubs season was the 145th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 141st in the National League and the Cubs' 101st season at Wrigley Field. To celebrate their 100 years at Wrigley, the Cubs wore a patch on their home uniforms and wore 1916 throwback uniforms on July 6.They began the season on April 4, 2016 at the Los Angeles Angels and finished the regular season on October 2, 2016 at the Cincinnati Reds. The Cubs finished with the best record in Major League Baseball and won their first National League Central title since the 2008 season, winning by 17½ games. The team also reached the 100-win mark for the first time since 1935 and won 103 total games, the most wins for the franchise since 1910.

The Cubs defeated the San Francisco Giants in the National League Division Series and returned to the National League Championship Series for the second year in a row, where they defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in six games.

The Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians in seven games in the 2016 World Series, their first appearance since the 1945 World Series and first win since the 1908 World Series. In the World Series, the Cubs came back from a three-games-to-one deficit, winning the final three games. The last time a team came back from a three-games-to-one deficit to win the World Series was the Kansas City Royals in 1985. The Cubs were also the first team to win Games 6 and 7 on the road in a World Series since the Pittsburgh Pirates had done so against the Baltimore Orioles in 1979. The World Series victory put an end to the so-called Curse of the Billy Goat and the longest World Series championship drought in history.

Mike Montgomery (disambiguation)

Mike Montgomery is an American basketball coach.

Mike or Michael Montgomery may also refer to:

Michael Montgomery (born 1983), American football defensive end

Mike Montgomery (American football) (born 1949), American football running back and wide receiver

Mike Montgomery (baseball) (born 1989), American baseball player

Mike Montgomery (ice hockey) (born 1986), American professional ice hockey player

Mike Montgomery (Pretty Little Liars), television character

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