LADY AT THE BAT: Yankees Lose As Bullpen Spoils It For Montgomery

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Yankees Lose As Bullpen Spoils It For Montgomery

Joe Girardi has made some pretty dumb moves in his managerial career with the Yankees. A lot of them have involved the bullpen. However, I wouldn't be so quick to blame him for last night's loss.

It was pretty clear that Jordan Montgomery had begun to run out of steam, especially after the rope Eric Hosmer hit off him, following Lorenzo Cain's home run. It was only a one-run lead at that point, and the bullpen had been money lately. Unfortunately, the bank was robbed last night. Four home runs and two innings later, Montgomery was stuck with a no-decision and the Yankees with a 6-2 loss.

It's hard, but you have to focus on the bright spot in this game  Montgomery could have just made excuses for his loss in Kansas City last week ("I'm young." "It was my first time pitching on national TV.") Instead he put the blame on himself and turned things around in his very next start, against the very same team. His sparkling line: 6.2IP, 2H, 1ER, 0BB, 6K. The Yankees have a lot to look forward to with Jordan Montgomery.

Then again, that's what we all said about tonight's starter, Luis Severino. Severino fell into a valley last year and is only now climbing out of it. The same may not happen with Montgomery, but don't be surprised if it does.

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