Somebody start a GoFundMe for Jordan Montgomery: The guy is making $10 million this season with the St. Louis Cardinals, but still can’t buy a win. Think he misses that Yankees offense?
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Montgomery, traded for center fielder Harrison Bader, has started 10 consecutive losses this season and will go at least 60 days since he’s posted a win himself. After a rain-interrupted loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday, he’s 2-7 with a 4.61 ERA — and all the outrage last year when he was dealt for a guy still in a walking boot and started 5-0 for the Cardinals has been forgotten.
Of course, Yankees fans now have another lefty to worry about. (We’re looking at you, Carlos Rodon.)
“Could care less about me recording a W,” Montgomery said on Saturday. “Just really want the team to win. But, [it’s] still super early, so we’ll keep going out there, and I’ll keep giving them everything I got.”
The Cardinals (25-34) are chained to last place in the NL Central, with the lowest winning percentage in the National League. And, former Mets lefty Steven Matz — who is in the first year of a four-year, $44 million contract, isn’t helping any: In the last 20 starts by Montgomery and Matz, the Cardinals are 2-18.
In St. Louis, M&M Boys stands for Misery and Mourning.
You can bet Montgomery — searching for a team with bats — likely will flee St. Louis as a free agent at the end of the season. In 12 starts, he has gone five innings or more and yielded three or fewer earned runs. On Saturday, in 5.2 innings, he yielded just one earned run. His last win came on April 8.
Still, he’s the guy he was with the Yankees: A five-inning wonder who struggles to get deeper into games. When he begins to lose control and the car heads downhill, he can’t pull the brake. After a crucial error on Saturday, he fell apart.
“I am not loser,” Montgomery said. “I’m going to keep giving them everything I’ve got out there. The team knows that. Manager knows it. Pitching coach knows it. Fan base knows it. … Baseball stinks. It’s not always easy. It’s not always going to go great. Everybody has to stick with what they do – and try to do it better.”
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