Montgomery has flourished despite Bader being on IL at the time and having yet to play a game in the Bronx. In his seven starts for St. Louis, the Cardinals have won each one, and he has compiled a 5-0 record, 1.45 ERA, and 2.29 FIP.
He made his first start after the trade against the Yankees, going five innings without allowing a run while also giving up two hits and a walk.
On the "RCD2" podcast with CC Sabathia and Ryan Ruocco, Montgomery discussed the distinction between pitching in New York and St. Louis.
On the podcast, Montgomery admitted, "I didn't really have much faith in my heater at the Yankees. I had been advised that it wasn't as excellent as my other pitches and that if I got hit, it would be with a curveball or changeup, which isn't how you should throw.
In the strikeout column, Montgomery has had a significant improvement, as he mentioned on the podcast. He believes he has improved by throwing four-seam-cutter-sinkers in the zone in two-strike counts.
Not just Montgomery laments the Yankees' too analytical approach to the game. This year, Eric Chavez was expected to join the Yankees' bench, but he ended up playing for the Mets across town.
In New York, Montgomery had a reputation for being a reliable back-end rotational player, but he has already surpassed that. Meanwhile, the Yankees' starting rotation has struggled with injuries all season.
Mind you, that rotation is still pitching incredibly effectively. But having a reliable every-fifth-day arm like Montgomery is crucial in the late stages of the season.