Another day, another Grapefruit League win for the New York Yankees. That’s eight in a row now, and today’s was a pitching beauty: 9 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 2 BB, 9 K. Props to Jordan Montgomery, Jhoulys Chacin, and Lucas Luetge for this gem.
Here is today’s requisite video:
Rest of the news after the jump.
The Big Story: Jordan Montgomery Rolls
Man oh man was that a great performance from Jordan Montgomery. As you know, we don’t read too much into Spring Training performances over here at Views, but that was a beauty. Here is his final line for the day: 5 IP, 0 H, 1 BB, 4 K. Monty touched 95 and absolutely attacked the hell out of the zone:
He mixed in all of his pitches, too, as the above chart illustrates. Check this out:
- Curveball: 24%
- Changeup: 24%
- Sinker: 18%
- Cutter: 17%
- Four-Seamer: 17%
Good stuff all around. This was Montgomery’s third start of the spring and he’s been great so far. He’s allowed just one run in 10 innings of work, with 4 hits allowed and 3 walks against 7 strikeouts. Spring Training stats are meaningless, but this is encouraging – and, honestly, it shouldn’t be that surprising.
Montgomery was significantly better in 2020 than his standard line indicates. While FIP is generally overrated, it is useful in Monty’s case: his 3.87 FIP feels far more indicative of his line than a 5.11 ERA. Given a full season, I’m confident he would have righted the ship. I’m very bullish on him and expect Monty to be a very solid mid-rotation player for the Yanks in 2021. He was very good in 2017 and 18 and returned last year from Tommy John into the weirdest season in baseball history. He feels like a prime “rebound” candidate.
Not a whole lot in Yankee land today, honestly. Here is what you need to know:
- Pitching Gem: Chacin and Luetge combined for 4 innings of 4-hit, shutout ball. Good stuff again from Luetge, who added 2 strikeouts to his impressive spring, although he had the audacity to give up two hits. He is a lock for the team, at this point.
- Quiet Offense: It was a very quiet day on offense for the Bombers, though Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton each had two hits with a walk. God, I want both of them to be healthy for a full season at the same time more than almost anything. Please, baseball gods, be kind to us for once.
- Jonathan Loaisiga: Per Bryan Hoch, the Yanks are counting on Jonathan Loaisiga, as we all could have guessed. Aaron Boone said told Hoch that “With the length that he can give you in the pen, that role becomes really important. He’s a dynamic pitcher with great stuff and the ability to fill up the strike zone.” I wish they’d let him rock as a one-inning guy, but alas. I’ll live.
- Injury Updates: Finally, a few quick injury updates. Apparently, Miguel Andújar is doing well. He’s been fielding but not hitting, per Boone. Kyle Higashioka resumed baseball activities today and will play on Sunday against the Orioles.
That’s that. A quick one tonight, folks. We’ll keep you posted if anything big happens. Until then, have a good night, everyone.