Chicago Cubs: Does Mike Montgomery become a trade chip this winter?

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Chicago Cubs: Is the workload taking a toll?

In the month of June, the left-hander was lights-out on the mound, pitching to a 2.83 ERA in his six starts. July hasn’t been as kind, though, and it might be due to the aforementioned workload. Regardless, for more than one reason, the Cubs need him to finish out 2018 on the right foot.

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At least for the time being, he’s pretty much the option for that fifth spot in the rotation. Tyler Chatwood is in the pen trying to figure his life out. Drew Smyly is not yet ready to take the hill – although he’s getting close.

Whether or not he factors into the rotation this season is anybody’s guess. But if he doesn’t, it’s on Montgomery to get the Cubs into October. Let’s say he keeps doing what he’s done – pitches to a 3.50-3.90 ERA in August and September. With Cole Hamels and, potentially Yu Darvish, in the mix – Montgomery isn’t going to start in the postseason.

"“When I started here, you’re in the bullpen, and you might be in the role you want, but you realize that we’re on a team that won a World Series. We’re one of the best teams in baseball. Do I have individual goals? Yes, but being a part of a special organization, you have to balance those two, and no matter what if you’re a good player or a good pitcher, you’ll find time to play no matter what.”"

But he could pay dividends nonetheless.