2016 Chicago White Sox Starting Rotation Preview
Number Two: Jose Quintana
If it weren’t for a ridiculous streak of no decisions, Quintana would likely be mentioned as one of the game’s upper echelon pitchers. The Colombian southpaw ranked in the top ten pitchers in the AL last year in multiple categories, including WAR. The other Q in Chicago (the one without the mustache) has flown under the radar nationally for two main reasons: his lack of win totals, and the prominence of his rotation mate Chris Sale. Should he actually get a bit of luck and some run support (Quintana ranked 73rd out of 78 qualified pitchers in the majors with a paltry 3.625 runs per game scored behind him) there is an off chance the White Sox rotation sends two representatives to the All-Star game, although you probably should not hold your breath on that happening this year. Even without the strikeouts, Quintana is more than capable of carrying a team, something he has not had to do thus far in his career. One of the most under-the-radar acquisitions this decade has turned into one of the most under-the-radar pitchers across the major leagues. Pair that with his paltry $5.7 million dollar contract and a 4.0 WAR and you have one of the best bargains in baseball spearheading the Pale Hose’s rotation for the foreseeable future.
2016 predictions: 12-8, 3.24 ERA, 183 K’s, lead the league in no decisions.