Cubs vs. Padres at Peoria preview, Tuesday 3/13, 3:10 CT

It’s another afternoon/evening split-squad day for the Cubs.

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona — Mike Montgomery, who is starting this afternoon’s game, likely won’t be making all that many starts this year, working primarily as a long reliever.

Whatever role he fills, though, his command and control could be improved this year thanks to Cubs run prevention coordinator Tommy Hottovy:

Hottovy, 36, who pitched for the Red Sox and Royals in 2011-12, saw on video that Montgomery’s stride was longer and his arm angle lower in 2017 than it was in 2016 — his breakthrough season that motivated the Cubs to acquire him from the Mariners.

Montgomery has noticed that by taking a shorter stride, he’s able to stay vertical through an overhand delivery and put a sharper break on his curve and his other pitches.

“I was told my stride was longer on certain pitches, especially the curve,” Montgomery said. “I need that pitch sharp to get more swings and misses. That’s the age of baseball we’re getting into. I’ve been able to apply it this spring.

“I’ve been thinking about it a lot when playing catch, and it has transitioned when I’ve been throwing my bullpens. I’ll continue to get stretched out …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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