Quintana (10-9) allowed two runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out six to earn the win Sunday against the Athletics. Quintana has fired quality starts in seven straight outings, and he boasts a 2.84 ERA to go along with a 1.12 WHIP. This is the first time in his five-year career that he's posted an ERA lower than 3.32, and the first time he's reached double-digits in wins after winning nine contests in each of the last three seasons. He'll make his next start Saturday against the Mariners.
Quintana (9-9) took a loss Tuesday despite throwing six innings of two-run ball against the first-place Indians. He allowed seven hits and two walks while striking out three. Quintana has had some rough luck this season, going just 9-9 despite an outstanding 2.85 ERA and 1.11 WHIP. That's mostly because he has received just 3.08 runs of support per game, the second worst run support behind only Julio Teheran among qualified pitchers. Quintana's luck actually extends beyond this season, as he has actually failed to reach 10 wins in any of his five major league seasons despite a 3.36 career ERA averaging nearly 30 starts per season. It hasn't been a lack of defense either: Quintana has allowed just one unearned run all year and averaged fewer than six per year over his career.
Quintana allowed a single run on four hits over 7.1 innings Wednesday against Kansas City, striking out five and walking one in a no-decision. He left the game with a 1-0 lead and a man on second, but reliever Nate Jones promptly gave up a game-tying double and the White Sox went on to lose in 14 innings. Despite the unsatisfactory conclusion to this one, it has to be chalked up as yet another excellent outing from Quintana, who's in the midst of his finest MLB season. However, there are warning signs underlying his 2.85 ERA, as he's benefited from strong luck on BABIP and strand rate despite allowing more hard contact than ever before. Look for some second-half regression, but Quintana's still a good fantasy starter -- just not quite this good.
Quintana gave up three runs on eight hits (including two homers) and one walk while striking out three over 7.1 innings in a win over the Tigers on Thursday. The White Sox jumped out to a 6-1 lead after two innings and Quintana cruised from there, retiring 15 of 17 batters at one point before running into a little trouble in his final two frames. He needed only 93 pitches to complete the 7.1 innings. Quintana has now earned wins in four straight decisions and has pushed his record back above .500 for the first time since the end of May.
Quintana (8-8) pitched 6.2 innings, allowing one run on seven hits and one walk while striking out nine in a no-decision Friday against the Twins. After a rough June (0-3 with a 5.51 ERA in five starts), Quintana finished up July with a record of 3-0 and a stellar 1.95 ERA in five starts (32.1 innings). Friday's eight K's tied his second-most of the season and upped the right-hander's strikeout total to 125 in 137 inning this year. Quintana will look to keep things rolling when he takes the hill Thursday in Detroit for his next start.