Mike Montgomery has filled in admirably during Yu Darvish’s extended absence and has looked even better lately with the help of a new curveball grip. Even so, the Cubs are looking to pull back on the reins a little as the southpaw swingman heads toward career highs in innings and pitches thrown.
That’s why they’ll be skipping Montgomery’s next scheduled start and making him available out of the bullpen this weekend against the Nationals. Part of that has to do with a Washington lineup that includes dangerous lefty hitters Daniel Murphy and Bryce Harper, not to mention teen phenom Juan Soto. The Cubs just added Jorge De La Rosa to the staff, but that only gave them two lefty relievers (Justin Wilson).
The primary reason for the shuffle, though, is that a pair of off-days allow them to keep Montgomery fresh without taxing the rest of the rotation in turn. The Cubs had a break after the Royals series and they’ll get another this Monday, so they really only need a four-man rotation for now.
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Source:: Cubs Insider