Mike Montgomery blanks Pirates to give Cubs’ rotation needed lift

After so much bad news regarding their starting rotation lately, the Chicago Cubs got a boost in the form of 5? shutout innings from lefty Mike Montgomery in a 7-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday.authentic nfl jerseys cheap

Inspired on Memorial Day by a cousin deployed with the Navy Seals, Montgomery made a loud statement to Cubs brass: He wants to be part of the starting staff, a position he’s coveted for a while.

“I really enjoy starting,” Montgomery said after the game. “The bullpen is fun in different ways.”313

Translation: Give me the ball again in five days. In fact, Montgomery wants the ball every five days, something he indicated during the offseason. He wasn’t shy telling anyone who would ask that he wanted to be a full-time starter. Then he watched as the Cubs signed free agents Tyler Chatwood and Yu Darvish, pushing him back into the bullpen.

Fast forward to the present and Montgomery is likely to get another opportunity to start as the Cubs haven’t even taken an MRI yet on Darvish, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list with right triceps tendinitis on Saturday. And why would they second guess themselves right now anyway? Any pitcher beyond Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks who can throw some quality innings should get a chance.

“He was outstanding,” manager Joe Maddon said of Montgomery. “I didn’t expect that much length out of him. He kept getting better. Give the guy credit. That was above and beyond.”

Montgomery gave up just two ground-ball hits, leaving before facing the Pirates a third time through the order. But there was no need to worry about the length of his start after he spent the first two months of the season in the bullpen. His 76 pitches on Monday were his most in an outing this year.nfl jerseys for cheap

There’s nothing wrong with that kind of thinking as production over time should rule the day. But based on recent trends, Montgomery can’t be worse than any of the other three starters who have struggled. That point is moot anyway. He’ll start at least until Darvish is healthy again. Then the Cubs can reassess. For now, they can celebrate the boost they got in their rotation. They needed it.

“I’ll be ready,” Montgomery said of his next assignment. “I’ll prepare accordingly. I feel good from a physical standpoint. I keep the mindset of always going out there and proving something.”