Quintana carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning before he surrendered a one-out broken-bat single to David Ortiz. He allowed just three hits as he fired 6 2/3 scoreless innings. The left-hander struck out five and walked two as he picked up his third win of the season.
"In the fifth inning, I realized, man, they haven't got a hit yet," Quintana said. "All I wanted to do was just get outs and keep the team ahead."
Quintana (3-1) picked up his first win since April 24. He is 1-1 with a 4.03 ERA in his last five starts. He is scheduled to make his next start Monday at home against the Cubs. He is 2-1 with a 3.79 ERA in four starts at home.
Allowing no earned runs in two of his first three starts, the
Worse yet is the lack of innings. Only four times in eight starts has he gone a full six. This is from a guy who seemingly went seven or eight in each of his first 15 starts as a rookie last year.
The problem for him is that second and third time through the lineup. In innings 1-3 this year, he has a 1.13 ERA. In innings 4-9, he has a 7.17 ERA. To me, that's a sign of major-leaguer hitters catching up to his lack of pedigree. Keep in mind he wasn't a top prospect. He earned his spot in the majors by overachieving in the minors.
I'm not saying Quintana isn't a useful pitcher in Fantasy, but in standard mixed leagues, you can probably find better on the waiver wire.
Quintana only really ran into problems in two innings, the fourth and sixth, as he allowed all four runs on four hits and a walk in those two innings. He allowed six hits and three walks that led to his four runs, over 6 2/3 innings.
Quintana struck out four batters, while throwing 66 of his 111 pitches for strikes. His ERA rose to 3.97 on the season, though he ultimately earned a no decision, to keep his record at 2-1. He is scheduled to make his next start Tuesday against the Red Sox.
Quintana struck out five batters and walked one to improve his strikeout-to-walk ratio to 3-to-1 in 38 2/3 innings this year. His 117 pitches represented a season high as only 72 were called strikes.
Quintana will earn a rematch against Los Angeles in his next projected start Thursday on the road. In four starts away from home, the left-hander is 1-0 with a 2.66 ERA and is limiting opponents to a .220 batting average.
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