Tough luck left-handed pitcher is having one of the best seasons of his career, but still not getting enough run support. Can the White Sox get their best starter his tenth win on Tuesday night?
Jose Quintana is one of the best starters in the American League, but his 9-8 record this season would paint a different story. Despite boasting a team leading 2.86 ERA for the White Sox, Quintana has been the victim of inconsistent run support. This season, Quintana is getting just 3.22 runs of support.
This is a crime given Quintana is pitching the best baseball of his young career. Last week, Owen Schoenfeld wrote Quintana would be 19-4 if he received the same amount of run support as Indians starter Danny Salazar. Quintana will face a mighty task in his quest for his 10th victory on Tuesday night against the Indians.
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The Indians will send Corey Kluber to the mound on Tuesday night. Kluber, winner of the 2014 Cy Young award winner has had a solid season for Cleveland thus far. With his first selection to the All-Star game this season, Kluber is 12-8 with a 3.21 ERA . The Indians also boast the league’s third best offense with a .265 team batting average and 590 runs scored.
In Quintana’s previous two starts this season against the Indians, the White Sox have lost both games. During both games, the White Sox had opportunities to score runs late against the Indians but failed to do so. For his career, Quintana is 5-2 with a 2.68 ERA against the Indians in 16 games.14 of those were starts.
The White Sox haven’t done well against the Indians this season as they’re 2-7 against their division rival. With the season continuing to slip away from the team, can they win another series to finish out this road trip? A win on Tuesday would certainly help, especially if they’re able to get Quintana his first 10-win season of his career.
Quintana more than any other starting pitcher, deserves double-digit victories. The native of Colombia has been stellar this season, despite the lack of run support. With another impressive outing on Tuesday night, Quintana might become a serious contender for the Cy Young award. However, it will be up to the team’s offense to give him some run support, something they haven’t done consistently.