Recently, MLB.com came out with an article breaking down the most consistent pitchers in baseball over the last five years, with Quintana at the top of the list. It’s hard to disagree with. Although he’s never led his league in a major statistical category, Quintana has been extremely above average across the board, logging 32-33 starts and about 200 IP in each season since debuting for the Sox in 2012.
Quintana came hot out of the gates after his trade to the North Side in July, but showed flashes of inconsistency down the stretch. He pitched great against the Nationals in his first career playoff start, giving the Cubs enough to win Game 3 despite Scherzer’s no hit bid going into the 7th inning.
I’m excited to see what Q can do for a full 162. With question marks surrounding the rotation going into 2018, Quintana should provide a consistent 200 innings out of the 3-4 spot depending on the Cub’s free agent moves, or lack thereof, before spring training. If the rotation was up to me (thank god it’s not) I’d go with Hendricks-Lester-Q. A three headed monster when healthy and confident.