New York Giants Reportedly Interested In Free Agent Linebacker Blake Martinez

The New York Giants are going to be active in free agency this offseason. The team is going to have over $80 million in cap space to spend on free agents if they choose to and so far they have reported interest in nearly every big-name player set to hit the market this month.

According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, the Giants have a “passing interest” in the Green Bay Packers’ free-agent linebacker Blake Martinez.

Blake Martinez Stats and Highlights

Blake Martinez is a four-year NFL veteran who has spent his entire career with the Green Bay Packers. The 26-year-old linebacker out of Stanford is a tackle machine. He is also a reliable, healthy player that has started all 16 games for the Packers in each of the last three seasons.

Martinez has recorded 144 or more combined tackles in each of the last three seasons. He posted a career-high 155 combined tackles in 2019. In 2018, Martinez only missed 12 tackles (7.7%) and in 2019 he missed 18 tackles (10.4%).

The Packers inside linebacker is also a pretty decent pass-rusher, despite seeing his role as a pass-rusher decline in 2019. In 2018, Martinez blitzed 61 times, recording 11 pressures, 5 hurries, and 5 sacks. The Packers only brought Blake on 24 blitzes in 2019, but he was still efficient. He recorded 5 pressures, 2 hurries, and 3 sacks on his 24 blitz attempts this past season.

Blake Martinez is an excellent run defender and solid pass-rusher, but he has proven to be a bit of a liability in pass coverage. In 2018, Blake Matinez surrendered a 73.8% completion percentage on the 61 targets in his coverage (45 completions). The opposition gained 410 yards on those 45 completions and scored 5 touchdowns. Martinez allowed a 118.9 passer rating when targeted in 2018.

2019 was an even worse performance by Martinez in pass coverage. His completion percentage allowed rose to 83.8%, allowing opponents to complete 62 passes on 74 targets for 570 yards and 2 touchdowns. This is definitely a major red flag for teams interested in signing Blake Martinez during the 2020 free agency period.

Blake Martinez’s Market Value

If the Giants want to sign Blake Martinez in free agency, they are going to have to break the bank. According to Spotrac, Martinez has an estimated market value of $16.3 million on average annually. His contract could be a 5-year deal worth over $81 million.

This would be a lot of money for the New York Giants to commit to an inside linebacker that does not make impact plays in pass-defense. There are other linebackers that will be available this offseason for a similar price that can be much more efficient in pass coverage.

New York Yankees vs Pirates: “Baby Baby” Bombers ignite, all you need to know

New York Yankees, Jonathan Loaisiga

Yankees overtake the Pirates 7-4 with the real baby bombers propelling them to the win!

Today at 1:05 pm, the New York Yankees met the Pittsburgh Pirates in Bradenton, Florida, at LECOM Park, the spring training home of the Pirates located about 50 miles south of George M. Steinbrenner Field.  LECOM is a very old stadium that was built in 1923 and has undergone several renovations.  Chris Stratton started for the Pirates, and Jonathan Loaisiga started for the Yankees in his fourth outing of the season and his second start.  The game was played under bright sunny skies and a game-time temperature of 65 degrees—a beautiful day for baseball.  At the top of the first, the Yankees loaded the bases but failed to score.  Jonathan Loaisiga put down the Pirates in the bottom.

Yankees in the second got two men on the corners, Gio Urshela got a single driving in Granite for the l-0 Yankee lead. Still, the lead was quickly evaporated by former Yankee catcher John Murphy who had a two-run homer for the Pirates 2-1 lead.  It was Murphy’s third hit all home runs this spring training season. At the third inning, the Yankees loaded to bases but failed to score.  The Pirates scored again in the bottom of the sixth as Josh Bell singles and Martin ran for him, Polanco doubled driving in Martin for the 3-1 Pirate lead.

The big take away from the game was the Yankees without most of their regular players at the top of the eighth inning; the “Baby Baby” Bombers took over for the Yankees.  And take over they did.  With the bases loaded in the eighth, Brandon Lockridge stepped to the plate and hit a long single that ended up knocking down the umpire and then knocked down the outfielder trying to catch the ball.  Lockridge turned it into a triple driving in three runs for the first lead for the Yankees.  Alverez singled driving in Lockridge for the 5-3 lead.  The Yankee “Baby Baby” Bombers then reloaded the bases.  Max Burt then walked in another run, followed by Zehner with his own walk for the Yankee 7-3 lead.  Those young and up and coming players brought in 6 runs for the Yankees in one inning.

The Pirates managed another run in the bottom of the frame, but with last licks at the bottom of the ninth, the Pirates failed to rally for the Yankee 7-4 win.  The winning pitcher was Jonathan Holder, and the losing pitcher was James Marvel.  The patient hitting of the Yankees drew 14 walks in the game while they left 15 on base and went 4-14 with men in scoring position.   Starting pitcher, Jonathan Loaisiga gave up two runs in his two innings.  Mike Ford got two hits in the game, and Kyle Holder got 3.

 

New York Giants: Kyle Van Noy a likely signing by Joe Judge in free agency

New York Giants, Kyle Van Noy

The New York Giants are desperately in need of an upgraded pass rush for the 2020 season. It is expected that general manager Dave Gettleman will refrain from overspending on options like Jadeveon Clowney, which opens up the door for lesser targets with a more cap-friendly contract.

One solid target in free agency is former New England Patriots linebacker, Kyle Van Noy. Having spent ample time with head coach Joe Judge in recent years, Van Noy is a stellar option for the Giants who brings experience and proven ability on defense.

Ralph Vacchiano of SNY reports that Van Noy and the Giants are heavily connected, despite legal tampering only starting in nine days:

And it could be much more cost-effective for the Giants to try to re-sign Markus Golden, who had 10 sacks for them last year, and maybe even add New England’s Kyle Van Noy (6 ½). Both could land in the $12 million per year range, meaning the Giants could get both of them for about what it would cost to land Clowney.

The Giants do have an interest in re-signing Golden, a source said, though it will depend on what his price is. They also have an interest in Van Noy, according to another source, and the feeling is believed to be mutual since [he and Joe Judge] were together four years in New England.

What would Van Noy bring to the New York Giants?

Last season, Van Noy posted 6.5 sacks, 15 quarterback hits, seven tackles for loss, and three forced fumbles. He has had a relatively healthy career, missing four games over the last three seasons. As a second-round pick by the Detroit Lions in 2014, Van Noy eventually joined the Patriots in 2016 and has been one of their leaders ever since.

If Gettleman does, in fact, re-sign Marcus Golden to a multi-year deal and brings in Van Noy, they will have two solid pass rushers to put pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Golden is set to test the free-agent market, looking for the most money after recording 10 sacks in 2019, after spending two consecutive years plagued with injuries.

New York Yankees: Aaron Judge’s injury is bad but the underlying issue is much worse

New York Yankees, Aaron Judge

When New York Yankees outfielder Aaron judge sprawled out for a diving catch last September, he immediately began to feel pain in his right side. Fast forward five months, and the Yankees were still unable to identify the issue that inevitably was a fractured rib.

“Tests were run,’’ a dejected Judge said. “Most of the pain and problem was coming from the shoulder and neck and surrounding areas. The pain was radiating to other places. You give ’em the symptoms and you tell them what’s wrong and they work off of what you say.’’

Judge stated that he had been feeling discomfort in the area for a while now, and the Yankees ran a bevy of state tests to diagnose the injury. At first, they believed it was a sore and cranky shoulder, according to manager Aaron Boone. Then, his pectoral muscle was the culprit, just to find out that he had a fractured rib the entire time. This is concerning, given the fact that they recently hired a new strength and conditioning staff.

The Yankees desperately need to avoid further injuries, as Judge will miss at least two weeks and opening day on March 26, Giancarlo Stanton is also in question to play against the Baltimore orioles in three weeks. Starting pitcher Luis Severino will miss the entire 2020 campaign after succumbing to Tommy John surgery, and James Paxton will miss several months after having a cyst removed from his lower back.

The Yankees starting outfield will consist of Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, and Mike Tauchman after their entire starting unit has gone down with personal injuries.

Just two months ago, the Yankees fired former strength and conditioning coach Matt Kraus in favor of Eric Cressey, who is known for his ability to rehabilitate and train professional athletes. So far, the Yankees have continued to fall down a black hole of injury and concern. They must solve this lingering problem before the beginning of the regular season.

The NY Post spoke to Dr. Ryan Dowling, a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon with the North Jersey Orthopaedic Group.

“Treatment is almost always conservative: rest, four to six weeks, give it time to heal,” he told The Post. “There is a small subset that does not heal, and I know they talked about surgery, but I believe that would be extremely unlikely. Most likely it will just be rest and he should be OK.’’

Given Judge is able to avoid surgery and proceed with a healing regimen, he will likely be out for the first few weeks of the regular season, meaning Frazier and Tauchman will get additional work. Luckily, the Yankees have capable reserve options to supplement the loss of starters, but they must be careful in the rehabilitation of their top players.

How did the Yankees miss the rib fracture?

“MRIs don’t show it, that’s why it’s been missed for so long,” he said. “But going into the postseason I didn’t want to miss that. So get a shot and let’s get rolling, basically.

“This happened in September. We got October, November, December, January, February. I think we are kind of in the right ballpark. Once we got the pictures and saw the fracture I said, ‘How far along is this?’ and they said, ‘Oh, we are kind of in the middle ground. It’s healing up.’ I said, ‘Perfect.’ I guess we are on the right route and do what we need to do for a fracture and see if it continues to heal. That’s why we want to take another picture in two weeks.

“The CT scan was the biggest thing that really figured it out because we did MRIs on every single part of my body and everything came back clean, so it was pretty frustrating.”

Moving forward, the Yankees must take more precautions with players feeling discomfort, as situations similar to Judge’s are entirely unacceptable.

Yankees History: No.5, Ladies man, joltin’ Joe DiMaggio, “The Yankee Clipper”

New York Yankees, Babe Ruth
In Martinez, California, in 1914, Joe DiMaggio was born to his immigrant parents Giuseppe and Rosalia DiMaggio. His father was a fisherman from Sicily. Joe was their first second born in America. He loved playing sandlot baseball but hated cleaning out his Father’s fishing boat, sighting the foul smell from dead fish. In his teen years, he played baseball and did odd jobs instead of finishing his schooling
By this time, his older brother Vince was playing minor league ball for the San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League. At the time, the team needed a shortstop, so the older Brother Vince convinced his Manager to give Joe a try. So Joe made his pro debut in 1932 at the age of 18. From May through June of 1933, Joe hit in 61 consecutive games, still the second-longest minor league stretch.
In 1934 DiMaggio had a bad knee injury that could end his baseball career. He suffered the injury getting out of a jitney. Despite his injury and do to his early successes playing ball, baseball scouts were taking an interest in the young DiMaggio. Yankees scout Bill Essick sure that Joe would heal convinced the Yankees to let him take a physical which Joe passed that November. The Yankees managed to talk the Seals ownership to work out a trade. The Yankee gave up five players and paid a cash buy out of his contract for $50,000. In today’s money, that is just short of a million dollars. Thus started the career of Joe DiMaggio with the Yankees. In 1936 he hit 29 home runs a record for a rookie that held for 81 years until Aaron Judge blew it away in 2017 with 52 homers.
DiMaggio was one of the best center fielders the Yankee ever had, due to his ability to cover so much ground. His speed in the outfield caused him to get the nickname “Clipper,” referring to the speed of an airliner of the time. The owner of the Yankees at the time was Larry MacPhail; he orchestrated a trade between him and the Red Sox to get Ted Williams. The trade was to include Joe and a young Yogi Berra. The trade never happened as MacPhail would not include Yogi in the deal, so DiMaggio remained a Yankee throughout his 13-year career.
Joe, in his career, received many award accolades and broke several records. Besides having the most home runs for a rookie, he also had the most home runs in his first two years, a record not broken until 2009. Joe’s record could have been even better, but Yankee Stadium left-center field back then was 457′. In 1941 Joe had a 56 game hitting streak. During the streak, DiMaggio hit .408, and the Yankees went 41-13. His streak still stands today; the closest anyone has come to it is Pete Rose in 1978. He won 10 American League pennants, 9 World Championships, three MVP awards, Batting titles in 1939 and 1940, was an eleven-time All-Star, and had a career batting average of .325. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1955.
World War II was pretty kind to Joe, mostly due to his fame, so when he enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1943, he quickly advanced to Sargeant. He spent most of his time in Atlantic City, California, and Hawaii. He mostly played exhibition baseball games, ate, drank, and laid on the beach. At one point, being the humble guy he was, he requested that he be given a combat assignment, but the Army refused.
I won’t dwell on it, but Joltin Joe was thought of as a ladies man and was no stranger to the Hollywood elite. He married Dorthy Arnold in 1939; he met her on a Hollywood set. They married with 20,000 well-wishers jamming the streets. They had a son together, Joseph, in 1941, and they divorced in 1944. After he retired from the Yankees in 1951, he soon met Marilyn Monroe, the famed American beauty in 1953, and their romance was great media news. They eloped in January of 1954. The marriage didn’t last long; they were divorced just nine-month after they tied the knot. Joe would enter her life several times after the divorce, in fact, in later years they read poetry to each other. Monroe was said to have committed suicide in 1962. Just weeks before her death, Joe was about to ask her to remarry him. He was devastated by her death. He arranged her funeral, and for 20 years thereafter he had a half dozen red roses delivered to her Crypt three times a week.
Dimaggio refused to talk to the press about Marilyn or their relationship. He never married again. Joe DiMaggio passed away after a long fight with lung cancer. He was a life long, heavy smoker. He died on March 8, 1999, in a Hollywood, Flordia hospital at the age of 84. According to his attorney, his last words were, “I’ll finally get to see Marilyn again”.

New York Yankees: Gary Sanchez Dealing With Some Back Pain

New York Yankees, Gary Sanchez

New York Yankees manager told reporters that Gary Sanchez would not hit batting practice today in Tampa due to a sore back. He thinks that the pain is from Sanchez playing in back-to-back games for the first time in 2020. Boone believes that it is not severe.

With Aaron Boone, we never really know if one of his player’s injuries are serious or not. He said the same thing about Judge, and now he may need surgery and will miss the start of the season.

We won’t know if it’s serious or not for a while. Sanchez isn’t supposed to play tomorrow, and the Yankees will then go from there. Hopefully, his pain will go away, but we will just have to see. The team can’t afford another big injury to start the season.

Sanchez is just 1-for-17 to start spring training. This sort of concerns me because the injury and the struggles could be correlated. Boone said that the pain is new, but could he have been hiding it? James Paxton and Aaron Judge hid their injuries, and it cost them the start of their season. I have a bad feeling that this injury for Sanchez could have been going on for a few weeks, and he just didn’t say anything.

But what do I know? I’m not in the Yankee clubhouse. Maybe it is just some general soreness. Every time that a Yankee has some type of injury or pain issues, it’s so concerning. There have been so many injuries over the last 12 months.

I hope it’s nothing serious with Sanchez, but the Yankees need to be prepared for the worst.

New York Mets: Jeff McNeil’s aggressive approach continues to work for him

Jeff McNeil, the New York Mets‘ hitting machine, has a way to conduct himself in the batters’ box, and it’s pretty evident. He is an aggressive hitter, and the numbers back that up.

According to information provided by MLB.com’s Mets beat writer Anthony DiComo, McNeil swung at the first pitch at a 44.4 percent rate in 2018, good for 14th in the league. Last season, he did it at a 50.7 percent clip, which not only led MLB but it made him the only qualified hitter to swing at the first pitch more often than not.

McNeil understands that pitchers usually want to get ahead in the count and often throw strikes with the first pitch. It is an approach that he has used since he was very young, and given that he accumulates a career .321 batting average in 815 plate appearances.

In September 2019, McNeil was offering at the opposing hurler’s first pitch 55.9 percent of the time.

“I’ll keep hacking,” McNeil said to MLB.com. “I’ll still walk if they’re going to walk me, but yeah, if I get a good pitch early in the count, I’m going to try to do some damage.”

The Mets’ best spring training performer and a lifelong style

Before Saturday’s games, McNeil was leading the New York Mets in spring training hitting with a .556 average. He had 10 hits in 18 at-bats, and had scored four runs with one RBI, three doubles and a home run.

“There are so many things that are just natural about him,” Mets hitting coach Chili Davis said. “He’s a natural ballplayer. Those are the kinds of guys that — they’re here, they’re in the game, but I don’t think you see as many of them anymore because they’re being coached a certain way from Little League on up.”

As you can imagine, McNeil spent years ignoring coaches’ instructions to see more pitches. In fact, the New York Mets previous front-office regime implemented a policy at the lower levels of the Minors that required randomly selected batters to take a strike with the objective of helping young hitters learn the strike zone.

It worked for some hitters, but for McNeil, it was very annoying.

“You only get three strikes,” McNeil said. “I don’t want to give the pitcher one. I know I’m good enough that if it’s in the strike zone, I can usually put a pretty good swing on it and get a hit. So yeah, you only get three strikes I guess, so why waste one?”

Baseball is not necessarily a game of patience for all hitters. For some, like McNeil, is about taking advantage of the best pitch to hit in the at-bat.

The New York Jets Draft Dilemma

New York Jets, Sam Darnold

This offseason is a very important one. Last offseason the New York Jets splurged on two big-ticket items, MLB C.J. Mosley and RB Lev Bell. Joe Douglas, according to many around the league, will not operate that way. The expectation is that as a former offensive lineman, Douglas wants to build from the trenches. If you look back at how his mentors, Howie Roseman, Eric DeCosta, and Phil Savage have operated, they’re big value guys. Expect Joe to find value in free agency, but with a premium pick in the oh draft, his biggest decision will be at pick 11.

Do they upgrade at the offensive line?

The Jets offensive line has been disastrous for the past few years. They haven’t invested a premium draft pick on an offensive lineman since the days of Ferguson and Mangold. The Jets need to find their anchor at left tackle for the future. This draft class has 4 great offensive tackle prospects that can go in the first 15 picks. Mekhi Becton, Tristan Wirfs, Jedrick Willis, and Andrew Thomas are all great offensive lineman prospects, one SHOULD be in the green and white. The overwhelming consensus is that even if the Jets upgrade the offensive line in free agency, they will still pick an offensive lineman at 11. This should be the way to go, but what if all 4 guys are off the board when the Jets are on the clock?

Do the Jets get a weapon?

Ceede Lamb and Jerry Jeudy are phenomenal wide receivers. Both guys will have a lot of success at the next level. However, even with the loss of Robby Anderson seeming more and more likely, the Jets shouldn’t pick a receiver at 11. Most years, it would probably be tough to pass on two great talents, or even Henry Ruggs, who could be an option at 11 as well, but this year’s wide receiver class is one of the best ever. Many analysts believe that starting-caliber receivers will be available all the way until Day 3. The New York Jets have a 2nd Rounder and two Thirds and should capitalize on the depth in the class in those rounds. If the Jets don’t have the opportunity to grab one of those 4 offensive linemen, then they should look to trade back into the backend of the first round and grab an offensive lineman like Austin Jackson or Josh Jones.

Overall, the offensive line is the biggest weakness of the Jets in this offseason. Upgrading it is vital and should be prioritized over adding a wideout in the first round. So, Joe Douglas, it’s time to build from the trenches and build a wall around Sam.

New York Mets: Jacob deGrom is working on refining his curveball

New York Mets, Jacob deGrom

The New York Mets‘ ace Jacob deGrom is one of the best pitchers of his generation. However, it is his drive to improve the trait that separates him from the pack. He is always trying to get better, no matter how good he is or how many Cy Young awards in a row he has won.

On Friday afternoon, he found himself in a simulated game, and he was working on improving a pitch he seldom uses: his curveball. According to Statcast, he threw the hook 2.9 percent of the time in 2019.

In fact, his usage of the curveball has slowly decreased over the years:

During the simulated game in Clover Park, he threw one to rehabbing slugger J.D. Davis and saw it go over the outfield wall. “That’s why I don’t throw that,” he said. Home run, ball crushed.

Before the Mets’ game against the Astros in West Palm Beach, deGrom pitched to Yoenis Céspedes, J.D. Davis, Tomás Nido, Jake Marisnick and Dominic Smith at the team’s Spring Training facility.

The Mets’ ace wants to gain consistency with the hook

DeGrom is hopeful that his curveball can be good enough to be part of his repertoire. “I’ve been trying to work on the curveball a little bit in between. It’s been good in the ‘pen, but for some reason in the game it seems to pop up. I’m trying to have it come out of my hand like a fastball and try to throw one on the plate. That one I just hung,” he said to Christina De Nicola of MLB.com.

During the 2019 season, batters hit .348 and slugged .435 on deGrom’s curveballs. They had a .364 wOBA. However, the expected numbers say he got a little bit unlucky and was victimized by small sample size (just 19 batted ball events involving the hook.)

In total, deGrom recorded 10 outs, struck out three and allowed one run on two hits — both to Davis.

The Mets’ ace will be pitching in live games in the three turns he has left before the start of the season.

“Warming up, I didn’t feel as comfortable as I’ve felt on the mound even in bullpens, the game I was in the other day,” deGrom said. “I didn’t feel as smooth [as those]. My front side was getting a little quick.”

If deGrom can trust and see results with his curveball, the New York Mets sure won’t complain.

Yankees Player Profile: Jordan Montgomery, an opportunity to shine

Jordan Montgomery is another Yankee player that has kept much of his private life private. The 26-year-old was born in Sumter, South Carolina. Monty is tall, 6’6′, and weighs 225 pounds. He played baseball as a boy. When in Sumter High School, he played baseball and in his senior year, was named the state’s player of the year. After high school, he enrolled in the University of South Carolina. He played for the South Carolina Gamecocks, where he again received awards, this time Freshman of the week and Freshman All-American. He played well enough in college to warrant the attention of major league baseball scouts.

In the 2014 major league baseball draft, Montgomery was selected in the fourth round by the New York Yankees. After his college year, the Yankees limited his pitching to 19 innings as he went 1-1 with an ERA of 3.79. In 2015 Jordan was promoted to the Charleston River Dogs, but shortly thereafter, he was promoted again to the Florida State League for the advanced A Tampa Yankees. Montgomery’s pitching continued to impress the Yankees, and in 2016 he began the season with the Trenton Thunder but was soon promoted to the AAA Scranton Wilkes/Barre Rail Riders. While there, he pitched the triple-A National Championship game in which he won for the Rail Riders.

On April 12, 2017, Monty was promoted to the major leagues, where he made his Yankee debut against the Tampa Bay Rays in a no-decision outing. His second game, he earned his first major league win against the Chicago White Sox. On June 9, he pitched a career-high seven innings while striking out eight against the Orioles. Prior to the All-Star Break, Montgomery pitched to a 3.65 ERA, striking out 87 batters in 91 1/3 innings. On July 25, he took a no-hitter into the sixth inning against the Reds. In 29 starts in 2017, Montgomery finished with a 9-7 record and a 3.88 ERA.

After six starts when he was 2-0 with an ERA of 3.86. On May 1, he left a game against the Astros with elbow tightness. He was put on the IL, and it was discovered that he had a flexor strain and that he would be out 6-8 weeks. But in June, other problems arose, and he was scheduled to have Tommy John surgery, which typically takes a year to a year and a half to recover from. In 2019 he started the season on the 60 day IL and had been recovering from the surgery.  As the year progressed, his recovery accelerated with him pitching in rehab games. Boone has let it go slow with him, so he could gain full pitching strength, as well as extending him in innings.

When Montgomery was finally ready to pitch in real games in 2019, it was already September; he made his first start against the Blue Jays on September 15.  He threw 41 pitches in two innings and gave up three runs in the Yankee loss.  His only other game was on the 24th, he also threw 41 pitches in that game, which the Yankees also lost, but Monty did not give up any runs to the Tampa Bay Rays.

Montgomery has an enormous opportunity this year and an almost assured place in the starting rotation due to the back surgery on James Paxton, who will not return until May at the earliest, and the season-ending  Tommy John surgery to ace Luis Severino.  Previous to yesterday’s game against the Tigers (March 5), he had already appeared in two spring training games in which he pitched a total of four innings while not giving up any runs.  In yesterday’s Tiger game, he was shelled for four home runs in three innings of work in the Yankees 15-11 loss.  When manager Aaron Boone was asked if he was worried, he responded:

“Yeah, I think he … what he’s shown us, where he’s at physically, how he’s throwing the ball coupled with his track record already,’’ Aaron Boone said when asked if Montgomery was a lock for a rotation spot. “This is a guy that’s already had a really strong big-league season under his belt. So I’m excited about where he is and feel like he’s very much solidifying himself.’’

The game in Lakeland, Florida, at Joker Marchand Stadium, was a home run derby as the wind was blowing quite strongly (15-20mph) to center.  There was a total of eleven home runs in the game, nine of them by the Tigers.  After the match Monty was asked if he thought the wind had an effect:

“Two of them were good pitches. Obviously, you have to pitch to the wind, and I am not very happy about it,’’ Montgomery said.  “I have been trying to get my work done,’’ Montgomery said. “I believe when I get locked in my stuff will play.’’

Montgomery will embrace this chance, and try to make a name for himself this season while pitching with ace Gerrit Cole, Masahiro Tanaka, and others in the hopes of another World Championship.  There are no scandals attached to his personal life.  He is not married but is romantically involved with a young woman that he has been going with for over a year.  Keeping with his private nature, her name is unknown.  He has several photos of them together on his twitter account during the past year but was always careful not to include her name.  He, to date, spends his offseasons in South Carolina.  It is known that they both love long walks on the beach with his dog.

Montgomery has two nicknames, “Gumby” that he got in college and “Monty” used by many of his fellow players. He has two older Brothers. He has received many awards in his short career: Other than the awards mentioned earlier, he has received the Pitcher of the Week twice, once for the Dogs and once for Trenton, Baseball America double-A All-Star, and Postseason All-Star while at Trenton among others.  This year Monty has a golden opportunity to shine and make a major league career for himself.