But along came Montgomery and Quintana to patch up the holes.
Since the Cards acquired the pair of lefties, they have gone a combined 13-1 in their starts, with their only loss coming on August 26 to the Atlanta Braves.
Montgomery helped keep that going Wednesday, pitching 6.2 innings of one-run ball as the Cards rallied from a late 5-1 deficit to knock off the Washington Nationals.
The #STLCards are now a combined 13-1 in Jose Quintana and Jordan Montgomery starts since the Trade Deadline (the only loss was against the Braves).
— Sammy Stava (@StavaonSTL) September 8, 2022
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These two lefties, especially Montgomery, have been huge additions for the Cardinals.
Before making the moves, St. Louis trailed the Milwaukee Brewers by four games in the NL Central.
Since then, the Cards have completely flipped the script and now are closing in on their first NL Central title since 2019.
Though Montgomery ultimately did not receive a decision, he lowered his ERA on the season to 3.08 as he struck out six batters.
This was exactly what the Cardinals needed at the trade deadline.
They needed innings out of veteran starters who could help patch holes left by injuries.
Montgomery and Quintana have done just that.
The Cardinals have played their best baseball since acquiring the two lefties and now look like a serious threat to take home World Series title No. 12.
Montgomery has done so well that perhaps he could slot in as the Cards Game 1 starter when the postseason comes around.
The Cardinals would not be in this position now if it weren’t for these pickups at the deadline.