Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Is Monty the Second Coming of Andy?

Last night, Jordan Montgomery threw six brilliant shutout innings. It means that... (choose one) 

1. At least for now, he's our Secret No. 2 starter. Corey Kluber will still steal the headlines, but Monty will be the one we count on to restore order through the four-game abyss when Gerrit Cole is not pitching.

2. At last, the Yankee farm system may have birthed a lefty starter. Since Andy Pettitte arrived in 1995, the Yankees have touted a steady stream of duds and near misses - from Brien Taylor to Manny Banuelos, from Eric Milton to Ed Yarnall, from Ian Clarkin to Randy "Snakebite" Keisler. I won't relive the list, which is enough to freeze the ice cream sandwiches in Jesus Montero's eternal cabbage basket. But in the name of Ian Kennedy - (whom we traded) - we may finally have raised another Andy. All hail the Yankee Farm System... two lefty studs in 25 years? 

3. Baltimore was in town.

Hard to say, but Monty's 4-hit outing over the PREVIOUSLY UNDEFEATED AND UNTIED Orioles masked some good and  bad omens. For example:

Good Omen: Aaron Judge's HR went to the opposite field. When he's hitting, they go everywhere.

Bad omen: Gary Sanchez made his third error in four games. He dropped a pop foul. WTF?

Good omen: Luis Cessa pitched two shutout innings. Who thought that Cessa/King could be the new Ramiro Mendoza/Mike Stanton?) 

Bad omen: Gary Sanchez fanned three out of four times. WTF? I'm starting to wonder if this is his "Fat Elvis" phase?

Good omen: Giancarlo Stanton's massive grand slam. 

Qualifier omen: It came after Baltimore's pitcher issued a bases-loaded walk to Aaron Hicks. Frankly, after a pitcher issues a bases-loaded walk, he should be removed. But this was Baltimore. 

And hey, a win is a win is a win. Tonight, maybe Kyle Higashioka can catch, igniting rumors that he's Gerrit Cole's secret personal bodyguard. I say, bring them on. If Higgy doesn't make an error, or strike out three times, he'll look like Johnny Bench. 

And Monty looks like Andy. 



Carl J. Weitz said...

All excellent points and well said, Duque.

Anonymous said...

The pitcher couldn't be removed after the walk because he had just come in. Three-batter rule.

TheWinWarblist said...


Oh dear sweet random and cruel Masters of JuJu, please ignore this post, I beseech thee. It was an aberration. A hiccup, a mistake, an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, a fragment of underdone potato. Something. Anything. But t'was not hopefulness nor hubris.

C'mon man! Tighten up!

JM said...

I've consistently been a Monty supporter ever since El Alamein. He could be coming into his own, finally, but it was Baltimore. And the "undefeated" Orioles had built their record on the Red Sox, last weekend, which was total bull twinkies. I mean, this year, the Schenectady Little League team could beat them (and I'm not talking about the World Champion Schenectady Little League team of 1954, which included Yankee coaching stalwart Billy Connors--that team would sweep this year's Sox, too).

By the way, Sanchez still sucks. He never fooled me with those two dingers. To paraphrase the Hollywood scout's assessment of Fred Astaire: Can't hit. Can't catch. Dances a little.

Anonymous said...

Notice Stanton's blast came on a fastball right down the middle. That's the only pitch he hits.

The Hammer of God

HoraceClarke66 said...

He had missed several of those earlier, even at 94 mph. But hey, never look a gift horse in the mouth.

Anonymous said...

Sanchez's Error

I saw it. He was trying to make a sliding catch right by the dugout steps and fell partially in. It was FAR from easy and I don't understand how any scorer can fault him. I'm just glad he didn't really hurt himself much less catch the ball.

Doug K.

el duque said...


I don't invoke Andy idly. I never mentioned him during the height of the Randy Keisler experiment.

This is serious. This is Monty.

TheWinWarblist said...

You're gonna get us in trouble!! It is too early! Do not speaketh!! NOT SUCH THINGS!!!