Frankie Montas

New York Yankees are poised to play at American Family Field for the first time since 2014. It’s been so long that the last time these teams played in Milwaukee, the stadium was called Miller Park, Ron Roenicke was the manager, and Francisco “K-Rod” Rodriguez was the pitcher of record. New York’s lineup included David Phelps (starting pitcher), Yangervis Solarte (outfield), John Ryan Murphy (catcher), and Ichiro Suzuki (DH/DH/DH).

The magic number has been cut in half to 13 thanks to the Yankees’ current four-game winning run and this week’s head-to-head matchup between the Blue Jays and the Rays. With their seven-game lead over Toronto and Tampa Bay in the AL East, New York has restored some of the separations they had lost earlier.

It wasn’t long ago that the Brewers were in first place in the NL Central, but a.500 records over their last 30 games and a dominant second half from the St. Louis Cardinals have made that seem like a pipe dream at this moment. At this moment, even a sixth place finish in the National League and a trip to the playoffs would satisfy Craig Counsell. The Brew Crew is 1.5 games behind the Padres for the last wild card spot.

Extended Trading Deadline Frankie Montas needs to improve his command after allowing four walks to the Rays in his last start in the Bronx. The start on September 4 at Tropicana Field, in which he tossed five scoreless innings while allowing just one hit and striking out seven batters, is the ideal scenario. Unfortunately for the Yankees, he hasn’t lived up to the expectations set when they bought him from Oakland.

Right-hander Adrian Houser will face Montas for the first time in his career. This will be Houser’s first career start against the Yankees. After posting 3.22 ERA and 4.12 FIP in 29 starts in 2021, the 29-year-old has regressed to 4.61 ERA and 4.67 FIP so far in 2022. An effective pitcher, he relies on ground balls and doesn’t strike out many batters.

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Montas, Jharel Cotton, and Grant Holmes were sent to the Oakland Athletics by the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for Josh Reddick and Rich Hill. After missing out on a major league call in 2016, he made 23 appearances for the As in 2017, giving 25 runs in 32 innings (7.03) while going 1-1. For the 2018 season, Montas started at AAA after returning to being a starter. He made 13 appearances (11 starts) for the A’s this season, finishing with a 5-4 record and a 3.88 ERA.

In violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, Montas was suspended for 80 games without pay on June 21, 2019, following a 9-2 record and 2.70 ERA through his first 15 games of the season (all starts). A’s Opening Day starter in 2020 was Montas. Montas had a difficult season, going 3-5 with an ERA of 5.60 in 11 starts due to his command issues and poor performance.

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After testing positive for COVID-19 on February 19, 2021, Montas was added to the list of those with injuries attributable to the virus that same day. He had a 13-9 record, an ERA of 3.37, and 207 strikeouts in 187 innings in 2021, good for sixth place in AL Cy Young Award balloting.

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