Yankees rotation not as strong since these two deadline moves

It’s been just a couple of weeks, but as of now, the Yankees’ starting rotation is weaker since the Aug. 2 major league trade deadline passed.

Jordan Montgomery, who the Yankees traded to the Cardinals for outfielder Harrison Bader on the final day of the deadline, is 3-0 in three starts since joining St. Louis. On the other hand, Frankie Montas — who the Yankees acquired in a trade with the Oakland A’s in the hope he would fit nicely as the No. 2 starter behind Gerrit Cole — has struggled mightily in his first three starts with the Bombers.

Montgomery (6-3, 3.29 ERA) led the Cardinals to a 5-1 win over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night, giving up one run on six hits in 5²/₃ innings to go along with eight strikeouts. The left-hander, who was surprised the Yankees traded him, is 3-0 with an 0.54 ERA in three starts with St. Louis. He has struck out 17 and walked just three in 16²/₃ innings.

Jordan Montgomery and Frankie Montas
Jordan Montgomery and Frankie Montas
Getty Images; N.Y. Post: Charles Wenzelberg

“I’m a competitor trying to win every game I go out there,” Montgomery said after the win. “I want to be a guy this team can rely on. I’ve had pretty good stuff. My changeup and curveball are statistically pretty good. I’m learning how to use my fastball around it.”

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