Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana will makes his third start of the season Sunday verses the Detroit Tigers, finalizing the three-game series in Detroit.
Quintana’s season has been interesting to watch, as the left-handed pitcher is 1-0 with a 4.09 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 11 innings in his his first two starts.
The southpaw Quintana has pitched 51.2 innings against the Tigers in his career with a 4-1 record and a 3.14 ERA to go with that win-loss record. Quintana also has 41 career strikeouts against the Tigers, who are currently first place in the AL Central.
There are a couple of matchups to watch in the game with it comes to Quintana.
Miguel Cabrera has faced Quintana 20 times in the past with a .350 average, one home run and three RBIs. Yoenis Cespedes in six appearances at the plate against Quintana, has two career home runs and three RBIs with a .667 average.
Those two can cause some damage against the White Sox starter.
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Those two matchups on Sunday will be quite the sight to watch, because if Quintana can overcome those two power bats he’ll have a very good chance for a fifth victory against the Tigers.
As first two starts of the season for Quintana in ’15 he began the year by allowed five earned runs on nine hits against the Kansas City Royals on April 8, but on April 14 he came back in a strong manner with no earned runs allowed in six innings on the mound against the Cleveland Indians.
Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com wrote about the start of Quintana in his game article following Quintana’s second start of the season:
"“Of the 104 pitches thrown by Quintana — who allowed an unearned run and three hits with two walks and six strikeouts in six innings — 70 were fastballs.”"
Teams are batting a combined .267 against Quintana and has a WHIP of 1.36.
Quintana has faced two of the best teams in the AL Central thus far this season, and it won’t be any easier against the Tigers.
He is a better pitcher than his 4.00-plus ERA, and he continues to pitch like he did against the Indians when he faces the Tigers on Sunday, he’ll continue to show why he’s one of the most underrated pitchers in the game.