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39-38, 2nd in NL Cent

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

After giving up back to back home runs to the Nationals in the second inning, John Lackey moved into a tie for most HR's given up in baseball this year. No.'s 22 and 23 came from Anthony Rendon and Matt Wieters.

Fair to punish Montero for being honest? (1:19)
Arrieta: 'Not upset or mad' at Montero (1:36)
Montero 'caught in moment' when criticizing Arrieta (1:11)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon said a deciding factor in designating Miguel Montero for assignment was the youth in the clubhouse. He didn't think it set a good example to other players despite Jake Arrieta's insistence that he and Montero were ok.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Jake Arrieta discuss the situation with Miguel Montero.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Sad news about former Mets, Cubs and Astros pitcher Anthony Young passing away at 51. He's remembered for losing a record 27 consecutive decisions -- let's see that get broken -- but was a better pitcher than his W-L record indicates. His career adjusted ERA was 100 -- exactly league average.

Elias Stein

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Montero: I knew I did something wrong

Chicago Cubs catcher Miguel Montero discusses the post-game comments he made Tuesday night in Washington, which led to him being designated for assignment on Wednesday morning.

AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

MLBRank Top 100: No. 43 Jon Lester

As good as Jon Lester is on any given day, he's been even better in the postseason as a part of three World Series champions.

Stats & Info

Numbers don't lie with Miguel Montero

Montero blamed Jake Arrieta for the seven stolen bases the Cubs allowed Tuesday, but catching runners has been a problem for the catcher all season regardless of pitcher. The Cubs are expected to designate Montero for assignment on Wednesday.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Last season, Miguel Montero ranked third in getting extra strikes for pitchers. This season: 44th out of 66 catchers. According to Statcast, Montero averaged a 2.12-second "pop time" on throws to second base this season, tied for the slowest among 52 catchers to make at least five throws. The major league average is 2.00 seconds, and the Cubs' Willson Contreras is averaging 1.93 seconds (eight-best).

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs will designate Miguel Montero for assignment and call up Triple-A catcher Victor Caratini, according to a source familiar with the situation. Montero publicly called out starter Jake Arrieta after Tuesday's game for allowing the Nationals to steal 7 bases, claiming he was slow to the plate. Montero is 0 for 31 throwing out would be base stealers this season.

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8hJesse Rogers

Theo: Montero cut after being 'bad teammate'

Catcher Miguel Montero was expected to be designated for assignment by the Cubs on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after he blamed pitcher Jake Arrieta for allowing seven stolen bases against the Nationals.

Championship honeymoon over for Cubs? (1:23)
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21hJesse Rogers

Cubs' Montero blames 'slow' Arrieta after 7 SB

After the Nationals stole seven bases Tuesday night, Cubs catcher Miguel Montero pointed his frustration toward starter Jake Arrieta: "When you really look at it, the pitcher doesn't give me any time."


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Miguel Montero discuss a bad night behind the plate as the Nationals stole 7 bases against him and Jake Arrieta.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Cubs catch Miguel Montero discuss the 7 stolen bases on him in the team's 6-1 loss to the Nationals. He claims his pitcher didn't help matters.


Nats, Scherzer beat Cubs, Arrieta in Cy Young showdown

Max Scherzer allowed one run and two hits as the Washington Nationals knocked Chicago Cubs starter Jake Arrieta out in the fifth inning on the way to a 6-1 victory Tuesday night in a showdown of the past two NL Cy Young Award winners.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs lost 6-1 to the Nationals behind 7 stolen bases by the home team. Trea Turner stole 4 himself as the Nats run game had a big impact in the outcome. Jake Arrieta never got in a groove, failing to pitch five innings for the fifth time this season. He walked 6 batters and gave up 6 hits in 4 innings. Miguel Montero was behind the plate for all 7 steals while he also committed a throwing error allowing a run to score. So did Tommy La Stella. If the Cubs played a clean game they may have been in it until the end but they gave the game away early. Kris Bryant's first inning triple drove in the lone run for the Cubs.

Team Stats

  • Pitching
  • Batting
Earned Run Average3.987th
Quality Starts31Tied-22nd
Batting Average.23929th
On Base Percentage.32616th
Slugging Percentage.41818th

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