Can Jordan Montgomery Return To Form?

Introduction

The shortened 2020 season was not memorable for the now 28-year-old left-handed starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery.  He ended that season with a 2-3 record and a poor 5.11 era. That was not how Montgomery wanted to respond to missing almost all of the 2018 and 2019 seasons because he needed to have the dreaded Tommy John Surgery in early June of 2018.

Rookie Season

During Spring Training of 2017, he impressed the Yankees greatly, thus earning a spot on the major league team. He pitched a total of 14 2/3 innings with a 3.68 era.  In the 2017 regular season, he started 29 games with a winning record of 9-7 with a 3.88 era and was able to throw 155.1 innings. Even though Montgomery only made six starts in 2018 and two appearances in 2019, there was hope he could return to his 2017 form. However, the shortened season didn’t give him the chance to reach his full potential. A full 162 game season could have given him a better chance to settle in and fix the necessary issues.

Positive Note

One silver lining at the end of the 2020 season, for Montgomery, was game four of the ALDS against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Yankees needed a win to survive and continue their quest to win a championship. They heavily relied on the lefty starter to provide them a boost in order to get the Yankees to a game 5. He was able to give a shaky four innings with three hits and only one run given up. Montgomery was able to escape serious jams in the third and fourth innings to propel his team to victory. He was able to show the Yankees composure by finding his arsenal of five pitches that keep the Rays hitters off-balanced. This performance should give Yankees fans confidence that he has the ability to bounce back in 2021.

Potential for 2021

He will be pitching in the 2021 season at age 28. He will still be very young for what will be his official fourth MLB season. This still gives him time to prove his worth on the Yankee Stadium mound as a backend starter.

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