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Yankees' rotation hasn't been as strong since those two deadline moves

It's only been two weeks, but the Yankees' starting rotation has weakened since the major league trade deadline of August 2 passed.

Yankees outfielder Harrison on the final day of the deadline He traded to the Cardinals in exchange for Vader Jordan His Montgomery joined St. Louis and he's 3-0 in 3 games since joining is. Meanwhile, Frankie Montas, whom the Yankees acquired in a trade for the Oakland Aces, is expected to fit well as a second starter behind Gerrit Cole and has been very successful in his first three starts with the Bombers. I struggled.

Montgomery (6-3, 3.29 ERA) pitched the Cardinals to Colorado on Wednesday night. He allowed one run and recorded eight strikeouts. The left-hander, who surprised when he was traded to the Yankees, went 3-0 with a 0.54 ERA in his three games with St. Louis. He stole his 17th and just walked him three in 16²/3 innings.

Jordan Montgomery and Frankie Montas
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"I try to win every game. It's a competitor," Montgomery said after the win. "I want to be a player that teams can rely on. I have pretty good stuff. My changeup and curveball are statistically pretty good. I'm learning how to use the fastball around that."{20

Montgomery also said he had no animosity towards the Yankees. ``I know my worth and I think the Cardinals know my worth,'' said Montgomery, who beat his former teammate in his first start with the Cardinals. }

As for Montas, Pinstripe got off to a nightmare start. The right-hander was bombarded Thursday night with the Yankees in his 9-2 loss to the Blue Jays in the Bronx, where he allowed eight hits as he allowed six runs in six innings. In his three games since joining the Yankees from the Athletics, Montas has gone 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA, allowing him 18 hits in 14 innings and walking 6. surrendered 14 earned runs. The 29-year-old, who has had bad luck in Oakland, has his 4-10 record this season and his 3.87 ERA.

"I want to go out and do my best," Montas said after an ugly outing Thursday.. "This is not my best."

} The Yankees need Montas to build momentum and turn positive, especially after giving up four promising minor league prospects, including three pitchers to the A's, in trades.

Harrison Bader
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In exchange for Montas, Oakland was highly considered Ken Waldichuk (No. 5 in the Yankees' system by MLB Pipeline), Luis Medina (No. 10), left-hander JP Sears, and infielder Cooper Bowman (No. 20) received pitching prospects. Sears has been an effective spot on the Yankees staff as a starter and relief pitcher this season.

The Yankees also reported that Gold, who is rehabilitating a leg injury, will start to balance Montgomery and Bader's contracts when his Glove center fielder is available to play for the Bombers before the end of the season. I hope that

Vader said he wants to start his career with the Yankees and prove to the fans that he's worth the trade.

"Very difficult. It was definitely a challenge," Bader said Tuesday. "You know, when you walk in here with your boots on, everybody's like, 'Just traded for this guy in boots? Are you serious?'

"But listen. There's a bigger perspective involved, and I definitely think I'm here for a reason: I'm focused on getting healthy so I can be strong for this team. It's always a's worth it because the time will come when I can wear these pinstripes and be able to do what I do.I'm excited for it.

— with AP