Seattle – Ambient hype Frankie Montas As one of baseball’s most sought-after players ahead of the August 2 trading deadline, he only increased with each start. However, Sunday’s early exit now leaves his immediate future in question.
On a cold Seattle afternoon with a torrential downpour in the surrounding area at first pitch, gloom came over the visiting dugout as Team A saw their Aes leave on Sunday. 2-1 loss against the Mariners at T-Mobile Park after just one round. Montas was later judged to have suffered from a tightness in the back of his shoulder, with manager Mark Kotsai saying his right hand was working day in and day out.
“I don’t think it’s a bad thing,” Montas said. “He’ll probably get an MRI again in Auckland. Just some pain and maybe inflammation. Nothing to worry about.”
There was reason to worry about how Montas’ things would turn out at first. Handing Homer to Julio Rodriguez as part of a 13-pound frame, Montas achieved a top speed of 94.5 mph with a fast ball in the first. Overall, Montas’ speed on his four-stitch was 2.4 mph lower than his season average, while speed on his snorkel was 2.7 mph lower.
Although the A-Team went into a rebuilding process this spring by trading several superstars, they held off on Montas with the hope of a better show during the season. Judging by the numbers of the right hand, this move appears to be the right move. Entering Sunday, Montas held a 3.20 afternoon on 16 starts. Among the MLS starters, Montas ranked fifth in innings (95 2/3), seventh in hits (99), eighth in WHIP (1.09) and 12th in opponent’s hitting average (.226).