Once highly coveted, 2023 hero Montgomery feels like ‘a piece of scrap everyday’

Ex-Yankees pitcher and 2023 Texas Rangers hero Jordan Montgomery is facing his worst phase of career with the Diamondbacks.
Michael Bennington
Saturday June 8, 2024

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Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Jordan Montgomery felt “like a piece of crap” after his poor performance on Wednesday, which drew boos from his home crowd, he told reporters. The 31-year-old left-hander, who recorded his fourth loss of the season, said he feels responsible for ending the team’s four-game winning streak whenever he takes the mound.

Montgomery admitted it’s challenging to find any positives in his current situation, stating that the negatives far outweigh them. His struggles have not only attracted the ire of Diamondbacks fans but have also affected his morale. Despite these challenges, he expressed determination to keep striving for improvement.

“Yeah, you just feel like a piece of crap every day you show up,” Montgomery told reporters after recording his fourth loss of the season. “Team, four-game winning streak and I feel like every time I go out there, we lose. Just got to keep trying to be better. There’s way more negatives than positives right now. it’s hard to see any positives right now.”

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Jordan Montgomery, a member of the “Boras Four” free agents who had difficulty securing contracts before the season commenced, has experienced a rocky beginning to his 2023 season. The left-handed pitcher has a 3-4 record and a 6.80 ERA over nine starts, giving up 14 runs in his last six innings against the Mets and Giants.

Montgomery hits rock bottom in 2024

Ex-Yankees player Jordan Montgomery and wife McKenzie Dirr with the 2023 World Series trophy.

Montgomery, along with Blake Snell, Cody Bellinger, and Matt Chapman, encountered challenges in securing high-paying contracts during the offseason. He was the final member of this group to sign, joining the Diamondbacks on March 29, after the team’s first regular season game had already taken place.

Blake Snell, the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner who signed with the Giants, has also had a tough season. In six starts, he has given up 26 runs (25 earned) across 23 2/3 innings, leading to a 9.51 ERA. Snell is currently on his second stint on the injured list due to a left groin strain.

The trade of Jordan Montgomery by the New York Yankees to the St. Louis Cardinals in 2022 for Harrison Bader left fans disheartened, especially after Montgomery’s World Series win with the Texas Rangers last season.

While the Yankees considered re-signing him during the offseason, his current difficulties with the Arizona Diamondbacks, reflected in a 6.80 ERA over nine starts, might now have them feeling reassured about their decision. Montgomery’s recent performance likely confirms the Yankees’ decision to part ways with the veteran left-hander.

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  1. Montgomery and company didn’t encounter challenges getting free agent deals, they trusted Scott Boras, who thinks it is OK to cut back and just wait for an offer or turn down every decent offer. None of them took matters into their own hands and told him to just ‘get it done’. Was anyone really surprised that Altuve told Boras to just get a deal with Houston?

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