Jose Quintana allowed two hits in seven innings against the Reds. The White Sox lefty added three strike outs.
Fresh off the World Baseball Classic, Jose Quintana was on the hill, this time for the Chicago White Sox. The dominant lefty was impressive, striking out three over seven innings while allowing just two hits in a 4-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds. Just the type of outing the organization wanted to see from their ace.
With all the trade talk still surrounding him, it doesn’t look like he’s missed a beat. This past outing showed he can be the ace of the staff. Rick Renteria will really look to him to lead the pitching rotation. In order for this team to be successful, they need Quintana to have a solid season. Probably the best of his career.
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The offseason has been very difficult for the 28-year-old. His name has been constantly brought up in trade rumors since the White Sox parted ways with Chris Sale and Adam Eaton. It’s almost a matter of when they trade him, not if they trade him.
Still, he hasn’t said really anything publicly about his status with the team and goes out and does his job. And he’s doing it just a good as anyone.
It may just been a Spring Training start but we are creeping closer and closer to Opening Day. He would seem like the likely person to take the hill for the White Sox to open up the season, so it’s nice to see him doing well. His ERA this spring is a phenomenal 1.00. Just imagine if he continues to pitch like this during the regular season.
It seems like that may be a tall order. But he has shown he can be dominant. Last season he was pitching lights out. Let’s hope he can carry that over to this season and be a bright spot in the Sox rotation.