The only Cubs pitcher last night not to yield a run, of course, was this guy:
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) May 7, 2017
— MBDChicago (@MBDChicago) May 7, 2017
With the game somewhat out of hand, and the need to preserve an already-taxed bullpen, Cubs manager Joe Maddon turned to catcher Miguel Montero to pitch the final inning of the game.
Although he didn’t have his best command – probably just needed a few innings to settle in – Montero completed the scoreless frame:
The inning wasn’t without drama, though, as Montero clearly sent a purpose pitch up and in to Chris Carter:
Miguel Montero head hunting Chris Carter with 80mph high heat…and reaction. pic.twitter.com/Kt8oIbL5aj
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) May 7, 2017
I joke, of course, because it’s clear Montero didn’t mean to do that. I just hope the Red Sox don’t plunk Manny Machado in retaliation for some reason.
On the night, Montero’s fastball averaged about 80mph, topping out at 82.2mph, or about three miles per hour slower than Kyle Hendricks’ average fastball so far this year. Perhaps Miggy has some tips he can share.
The outing was actually the second of Montero’s career, having pitched 1.1 innings last year. He now sports a solid 3.86 career ERA, but the FIP (6.96) and xFIP (9.09) hint at major regression looming. I don’t know how much longer he’ll be able to get away with that 0.0% strikeout rate.
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