Once again, now that Carlos Carrasco is confirmed to be on the IL to begin the season, the Mets have a new opening for a pitcher, and along with players like Blevins and Oswalt, Mike Montgomery is another non-roster invitee who could fill the void.
Montgomery comes into camp as a 6 year veteran of the major leagues, splitting time between the Mariners, Cubs and most recently, the Kansas City Royals.
In fact, Montgomery was a member of the 2016 World Champion Cubs, for whom he pitched 11 games for in the play offs from out of the bullpen.
While he was primarily used as a reliever by the Cubs during the 2016 post season, Montgomery is also a very experience starting pitcher.
For his career, Montgomery has pitched in a grand total of 183 games during the Major League regular season, of which, 70 of them were games he started, logging a career 3.84 ERA.
While his ERA is very good for his career splitting time between roles, historically, Montgomery has been a more effective reliever, as over his 114 games out of the pen, he as an ERA of 3.16, where as as a starter, his ERA is 4.19.
Regardless of what role he is in, Montgomery has proven that he can be effective as either a starter or reliever, which is an asset for any major league team.
As for his performance this spring, Montgomery has appeared in 2 games to this point, pitching 2.2 scoreless innings of baseball for the Mets.
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With the season just a few weeks away, if Montgomery continues to perform well and based off his career’s trackrecord, he may be one of the Mets’ best options out of the pen.