Quintana will take the hill for Game 1 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Saturday, Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports. Quintana will face off against Clayton Kershaw after pitching Game 3 of the NLDS on Monday. During that start versus the Nationals, Quintana allowed just one run (zero earned) off two hits and one walk while striking out seven over 5.2 innings. The Cubs have yet to announce a rotation beyond Quintana, but this would likely set him up for Game 5 at Wrigley Field on Thursday as well.
Quintana will be the starter for Game 3 of the NLDS against Washington, Jesse Rogers of ESPNChicago.com reports. Quintana will take the mound once the series shifts to Wrigley Field, following starts by Kyle Hendricks and Jon Lester. Since joining the Cubs in mid-July, Quintana has posted a 3.74 ERA and 1.10 WHIP over 14 starts.
Quintana allowed four runs on six hits while striking out five batters through 4.2 innings during Friday's win over Cincinnati. He didn't factor into the decision. Quintana posted a 1.63 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 10.1 K/9 through his previous four September starts, so while he'll finish the regular season on a bit of a downer, the lefty heads into the postseason on a high overall. However, the real test is still ahead, as the Cubs will be depending on Quintana to be at his best against other high-end hurlers in the playoffs.
Quintana (11-11) kept the Brewers off the scoreboard Sunday in a masterful complete-game effort, allowing just three hits and one walk while striking out 10 en route to the victory. This is exactly why the Cubs traded for Quintana back in July. Things haven't been perfect since the lefty joined the Cubs, but he's been stellar this month -- following Sunday's gem, he holds a 1.63 ERA and a 31:4 K:BB in four September starts. With the division largely locked up, he seems to be in line for one more start during the regular season, which should come Friday against the Reds.
Quintana didn't factor into the decision Sunday against the Cardinals, surrendering three runs on six hits with one walk and eight strikeouts over 5.2 innings. Quintana was in control for most of this outing, with all the damage against him coming on a sixth-inning, three-run homer by Dexter Fowler. Fowler's long ball erased a 3-0 lead, but Chicago ultimately came out on top 4-3. The southpaw is rounding into form with the playoffs on the horizon, as Quintana was one out short of a fourth consecutive quality start. He'll look to start a new streak Friday in Milwaukee.
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