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White Sox: Jose Quintana Has Strong Start Against Mariners

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Jul 12, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; American League pitcher Jose Quintana of the Chicago White Sox throws a pitch in the 5th inning in the 2016 MLB All Star Game at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 12, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; American League pitcher Jose Quintana of the Chicago White Sox throws a pitch in the 5th inning in the 2016 MLB All Star Game at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /
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White Sox All-Star has strong start against Mariners on Saturday. The left-handed pitcher received rare run support en route to 11th victory.

Jose Quintana never recorded double-digit victories before this season but after Saturday, he now has  a two-game winning streak and 11 wins on the season. Quintana was impressive in his start against the Mariners, and he received some rare run support.

The South Siders offense exploded for four home runs and nine runs in a 9-2 win over Seattle. The nine runs scored came after the team scored just one run on Friday. This was truly a rarity for Quintana as he’s been the victim of very little run support through his career.

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Quintana recorded eight strikeouts through 7.2 innings pitched, and gave up just two earned runs on Saturday. In his last eight starts, Quintana has given up 11 earned runs. Since the All-Star break, Quintana’s ERA is 1.81. With the win, Quintana lowered his ERA for the season to 2.77 for the season.

Quintana has gotten used to not receiving much run support. If the White Sox offense can give him more run support moving forward, Quintana could improve his chances of winning the Cy Young award.

With the team 7.5 games behind in the standings for the second Wild Card spot, it could be hard for Quintana to win the Cy Young award in the AL. Quintana’s impressive season is praiseworthy, but it would even greater to see him take home hardware this offseason. Quintana would most likely need to win his remaining starts to have a chance of winning the prestigious award.

This is a legit possibility as Quintana has been one of the better pitchers in MLB this season. Quintana can’t control how many runs the offense scores, but he will need more solid starts like Saturday to remain in the running for the Cy Young award. Quintana is considerably the most deserving recipient of a Cy Young award, and it would be good publicity for the franchise. Not to discredit the impact of Chris Sale winning, but Quintana hasn’t acted immaturely recently.

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With another month left in the season, it will be interesting to watch Quintana pitch. Despite the team’s slim playoff chances, Quintana and Sale can give fans more reasons to watch games. If Quintana can keep winning and the team’s offense provide run support, he could most certainly become the favorite to win the Cy Young award in the AL

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