White Sox All-Star pitcher has just one win against Royals in his career. Kansas City shelled the left-hander on Sunday for six earned runs, hurting his slim chances for the Cy Young Award.
The Chicago White Sox are playing for pride at the moment, but Jose Quintana‘s pride was hurt on Sunday after a tough loss to the Royals. The Sox All-Star starter gave up six earned runs in just four innings pitched.
The start for Quintana continued a long stretch of futility against the Royals for the native Colombian. With the Sox vying to end the season at .500, the loss on Sunday pushed them further from their goal. The Sox will enter Monday’s finale against the Royals at 72-77.
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For Quintana, the loss was his 11th and moved his record to 12-11 for the season. With six earned runs given up, Quintana’s ERA swelled to 3.26. Quintana has struggled mightily in his career against the Royals.
In his career, Quintana is 1-9 with a 4.39 ERA in 22 starts. This is the most starts Quintana has made against one team in his career. No other team has owned Quintana like the Royals have since 2012. Quintana is also poor when pitching at Kauffman Stadium. In 10 starts at Kauffman Stadium, Quintana is 1-2 with a 4.59 ERA. The Royals continued their haunting of Quintana on Sunday with quick scoring which led to the early dismissal of the All-Star.
Quintana entered the game coming off a solid start against the Indians on Sept. 13. In the start, Quintana pitched eight innings and gave up one run. However, Quintana has struggled overall in his last seven starts.
Over those seven starts, Quintana is 3-3 with a 4.67 ERA. With his recent struggles Quintana is pitching slightly worse in the second half than the first half overall. In the first half, Quintana was 7-8 with a 3.21 ERA. In the second half, Quintana is 5-3 with a 3.33 ERA.
Luckily for Quintana, he won’t have to worry about facing the Royals again this season. Quintana can still finish the season strong in his next two starts, but he most likely has fallen out of consideration for the Cy Young Award in the AL. However, this season has still been a success for Quintana as he’s reached double-digit victories and became an All-Star for the first time.