Street. Lewis – The Yankees slipped recently but still maintained a slight edge for the best record in Major League Baseball, and took action last Monday ahead of the Major League Baseball game deadline. They sent two top-10 players and two minor league players to Oakland Athletics in exchange for relaxed bowler Lou Trevino and primary bowler Frankie Montas.
Although Trevino, a right-handed player, has underperformed this season compared to his professional mores, he is consolidating a game weakened by injuries. He has already appeared in four games with the Yankees. But Montas, the hub of the trade and the kind of rotation other rival teams have been seeking, had not yet made his Yankees debut.
Due to the death of his family, Montas did not join the Yankees until Saturday evening, meeting them in St. Louis. Meet the catcher Jose Trevino at the team hotel. A day later, he took Hill as a Yankee for the first time. But even he couldn’t stop the team’s worst slide in 2022.
Montas had his worst start to the season, allowing six runs over three rounds on Sunday. The 12-9 loss to the surging Cardinals capped the Yankees’ first sweep of the season and extended their five-worst streak of defeats of the season.
On July 8, the Yankees were on pace (118) to break the MLB record for wins (116) in 162 regular season games. They have since evaporated, 9-16. The Yankees (70-39) still maintained a significant lead in their division, AL East, but cracks appeared and they lost ground to the Houston Astros (70-40) for the top-ranked AL post-season.
Against the Cardinals, who are number one in the National Central League, Montas’ leadership has been inconsistent. In the second half, with the Yankees leading, 4-1, he walked the first two hits. Dylan Carlson and Paul Goldschmidt both walked on tour—with another march in between—to bring the Cardinals one round. Then Nolan Arenado smashed the green light, three home runs which earned him a curtain call.
Right-hander Aaron Judge tied the score twice in the fifth inning, but the Yankees squandered it in the lower half of the frame by allowing three runs.
Perhaps the reason for Montas’ struggles is his erratic schedule lately. Montas, a right-wing man, returned July 21 after missing nearly three weeks due to an infection in his shoulder. He started again for Oakland on July 26, hit 78 stadiums, and then moved to New York. But then came the death of the family that delayed Montas’ arrival and affected his workload, according to Yankees manager Aaron Boone, who was still being reconstructed after the injury anyway.
Matt Blake, the team’s head coach, said that while Montas was on the bereavement list, Sam Brend, the team’s shooting director, traveled to Arizona to meet him and supervise her throw, including a game session.
“We didn’t want him to go out on his own for four or five days and then come and start, so Sam went, sort of drew attention to him, talked about expectations, gave us a download of what he’s doing in his routine and everything,” Blake said.
“We had a good week, as far as you can think of the circumstances,” Boone added.
Ahead of the trade deadline, the Yankees added All-Star player Andrew Benentende, a left-handed hitter who helps bring more balance to the lineup and overcome the absence of Giancarlo Stanton (left achilles tendinitis) and Aaron Hicks’ struggles (batting average: 226); Right Savior Scott Evros, who breaks blows and throws his sidearm; Trevino. and Montas.
29-year-old Montas is fortifying a spin that has dealt with some difficulties (Domingo Germain has a 5.09 ERA in four starts since returning from a shoulder injury) and that will be without Luis Severino (right wide back strain) until mid-September.
But the Yankees were also thrown out of their rotation, surprisingly sending 29-year-old Jordan Montgomery — drafted by the Yankees in 2014, strong (3.69 ERA) and under team control next year — to cardinals for Harrison Bader, the 2021 Gold Glove winning quarterback. Which was on the list of injured until September. Although Bader has been hitting 0.256 this season and has been out since late June with plantar fasciitis, he can help support the Yankees’ weakest defensive center.
(Describing it as emotional and awkward to suddenly confront his former teammates, Montgomery threw five innings without goals against the Yankees in a 1-0 win on Saturday.)
Although the baseball industry viewed Montas as an upgrade over Montgomery, general manager Brian Cashman recently said he did not take over Montas to send Montgomery. He said that trading with Montas, who will be a free agent after the 2023 season, and replacing Montgomery with Bader was all done with the goal of “how we can fly high to the best of our abilities when that is most important in October” and give us the most quality options.
Blake said Montas is like Severino, “a bulldog on the hill attacking you hard.” He later added, “For us, he’s a right-handed mid-to-the-90s bowler with a full arsenal who can get right and left. He fits right at the top of our rotation and gives us another person we feel confident going into the post-season with him.”
Originally signed off from the Dominican Republic with the Boston Red Sox, Montas has found his footing with athletics after being traded multiple times. In six years in Oakland, Montas was between 35 and 30 with a 3.70 ERA over nearly 538 innings, 80 games suspended in 2019 for a performance-improving drug and tossed over 180 innings in just one season (in 2021, with 3.37 squeeze out ).
Prior to joining the Yankees, Montas had a 3.18 ERA in 104⅔ innings this season. His first impression didn’t go well, but as they plan for October, the Yankees will need Montas to get into shape.