The St. Louis Cardinals acquired pitcher Jordan Montgomery at the trade deadline, and their decision has proven to be a good one.
The St. Louis Cardinals acquired pitcher Jordan Montgomery at the trade deadline from the New York Yankees. Their decision has already paid off. Montgomery has started three games for the Cardinals, and he’s won every one.
Over 16.2 innings pitched, he only allowed one run and three runs. He’s struck out 17. Over this season, he’s produced an ERA of 3.29, batting average against of .232 and WHIP of 1.07. This has been his best season so far.
The Yankees have one of the best rotations in the league, and the Cardinals aren’t quite as fortunate.
Yankees helped the Cardinals by trading them Jordan Montgomery
The Yankees have some of the best pitchers in MLB. They have the third-best ERA (3.30), opponent batting average (.218) and WHIP (1.11).
St. Louis is roughly league average. They have the 14th-best ERA (3.87), 17th-best OBA (.245) and 16th-best WHIP (1.26). Montgomery is now one of the best pitchers in St. Louis, alongside Miles Mikolas.
This season, Mikolas has produced an ERA of 3.44, BAA of .234 and WHIP of 1.06. He pitches roughly the same as Montgomery, but beyond the two, the team could use a lot of development. The Yankees helped them significantly by giving up Montgomery.
The Cardinals sit at the top of the NL Central standings with the Milwaukee Brewers trailing close behind. According to FanGraphs, St. Louis has an 85 percent chance of making the playoffs. The trade with the Yankees likely solidified their chances even more.