Yankees' Jordan Montgomery after impressive Wednesday outing: 'This is how I wanna pitch'

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Jordan Montgomery close up shot in Game 4 of ALDS
Jordan Montgomery close up shot in Game 4 of ALDS

After five hitless innings on Wednesday, Jordan Montgomery now has nine innings under his belt this spring. He’s allowed four hits and one earned run while striking out seven and walking two.

He won’t have a 1.00 ERA all season long, but Montgomery is going to play an important role this season, hoping to get through his first full season since his rookie year in 2017 where he pitched to a 3.88 ERA in 29 starts. That effort earned him sixth-place honors in that year’s AL Rookie of the Year voting.

“This is how I wanna pitch. I hold myself to a pretty high expectation, came in feeling good. Just trying to stay right where I’m at,” Montgomery told reporters after his outing on Wednesday.

Montgomery said he had “a lot of confidence” after Wednesday’s performance, as he shut down what was pretty close to the Blue Jays’ Opening Day lineup.

Montgomery made 10 starts in the abbreviated 60-game season last year -- the second-most of his career. But after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2018, and missing most of that and the 2019 season, Montgomery said he is truly starting to “have a little more faith in [his] arm.”

“Definitely better mechanics. Better rhythm, better tempo,” Montgomery said. “I’m getting to the same spot consistently. And I have a little more faith in my arm, so I can kind of just whip it through.

“It just gets to a point where you’re back to normal, you just go through your delivery, get your arm up, and throw the ball. I think I’m starting to get back to there and just feel good where I’m at.”

Montgomery thinks he’s back to his 2017 form for the long-term. And if shutting down the Rays in an elimination game last year, and this spring's numbers, are signs of what’s to come, the Yankees are in good shape.

“I’m in a pretty good spot right now. I’m just trying to keep finding my tempo and keep replicating my delivery. The more I do that, the more I’m gonna… execute more pitches."