Last-place MLB stalwart trades away key pitcher

The St. Louis Cardinals, a renowned U.S. Major League Baseball (MLB) tradition, sent key pitchers to several different teams ahead of the trade deadline (August 2nd, Korea Standard Time).

Left-handed Jordan Montgomery 안전놀이터 and right-hander Chris Stratton moved to the Texas Rangers on the 31st. Right-handed fastball reliever Jordan Hicks will play with Ryu Hyun-jin (36), who will soon return to the Toronto Blue Jays for the first time in 14 months on August 2.

St. Louis has won the World Series 11 times, second only to the New York Yankees (27 times). It is the most winning team in the National League.

However, this year, as it fell to the bottom of the league’s central district and the possibility of playing in baseball in the fall decreased, it changed its direction to seek after next year by trading its central pitcher for promising players.

St. Louis recruited three players from Texas, including left-handed pitcher John King, infield prospects, and pitching prospects. He also accepted two right-handed pitchers from Toronto.

Texas, which recruited Max Scherzer, one of the best pitchers of its time, from the New York Mets and even brought Montgomery and Stratton, greatly strengthened the mound in the trade market, signaling its first postseason advancement in seven years.

Montgomery started in 21 games this season, recording 6-9 losses and a 3.42 ERA. Stratton pitched in 42 games with one win, one loss, and four holds and a 4.36 ERA.

Hicks, who throws a 160-kilometer-per-hour fastball funny, marked one win, six losses, six holds and a 3.67 ERA. The average speed of Hicks’ four-seam fastball and sinker is 162.5 kilometers and 161.7 kilometers, respectively, MLB Dotcom introduced.

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