Jose Quintana finally got the All-Star nod that many have been clamoring for. Quintana received his All-Star jersey in a pre-game ceremony at U.S. Cellular Field on Sunday. He joins teammates Chris Sale and Todd Frazier. Frazier was only selected for tomorrow’s home run derby.
Quintana has been one of the most consistent pitchers since he made it to the major leagues in 2012. Many including ESPN’s Keith Law were dismayed by the lefty being left off the All-Star team. They finally got their wish. Cleveland’s Danny Salazar injured his elbow yesterday and withdrew from the game. Quintana was added to the team today.
Quintana is 7-8 with a 3.21 ERA. His ERA ranks sixth in the American League. Quintana joins the team with Cleveland’s Corey Kluber and Toronto’s Aaron Sanchez. They replace Kansas City’s Wade Davis. Toronto’s Marco Estrada and Salazar.
Quintana breezed through the first two months of the season as a potential American League Cy Young candidate. Quintana won five of his first six decisions, then lost his next four. He cruised through May with a 2.13 ERA despite his .500 record.
Quintana has struggled in June and July with a 2-3 record and a 4.91 ERA. Both of his wins have come in July. Quintana gave up only two home runs through April and May. Quintana has given up ten home runs in seven starts in June and July.
Quintana has had better first halves that deserved All-Star appearances more than this season. As a rookie in 2012 Quintana only made ten first half starts. He was 4-1 with a 2.04 ERA and a 3.7 to one K/W ratio. His numbers went down significantly in the second half of the season.
His lack of run support and sub. 500 record have caused Quintana’s lack of recognition. In the 2014 first half Quintana was 5-7 with a 3.24 ERA and 1.20 WHIP. Last year he was much better in the second half. The Colombian went 4-9 with a 3.69 ERA in the first half and 5-1 with a 2.95 ERA after the break.
Quintana could have an elite winning percentage if he got more run support. The White Sox have scored two runs or less in 35 percent of Quintana’s career starts. He has a 1-34 record with 3.33 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in those trips to the mound.
Quintana is 21-7 with a 3.16 ERA and 1.18 WHIP during his career when the White Sox score 3-5 runs. His seems to pitch to the score when the White Sox put crooked numbers on the board. With six or more runs of support Quintana is 18-1 but with a 4.29 ERA and 1.49 WHIP.
Robin Ventura announced Quintana as the White Sox second half opening night pitcher. If Royals Manager Ned Yost pitches Quintana in the All-Star game those plans could change.