Although his day was over by the time Alejandro De Aza put the Chicago White Sox in the lead for good with a one-out sac-fly in the top of the ninth, starter Jose Quintana was a true warrior in the Sox’ 3-2 win over the Kansas City Royals.
Quintana kept Chicago in today’s ballgame and despite getting a no decision for the 10th time this year, the lefty once again provided the Sox with a workmanlike outing.
In his 14 starts in 2013, Quintana has yet to last into the eighth inning. However, he also hasn’t allowed more than four earned runs in all but one of his starts. Pitching 5 1/3 innings while giving up just two runs on five hits, Quintana continued his role of the South Siders most consistent starter this afternoon.
Consistency hasn’t been a theme of the 2013 White Sox in the first few months of the season, yet Quintana has remained even-keeled through it all. His 3.83 ERA is impressive, but the left-hander’s mindset has been even more encouraging.
There’s no doubt the 24-year-old hurler has pitched much better than his 3-2 record shows. But instead of letting his low win total distract or frustrate him, Quintana has understood he can only control his performance on the field, which in return has only improved his pitching.
This being just his second year in the MLB, Quintana has a seemly bright future in a White Sox uniform. When you add his above average stuff to his workhorse mentality, the Sox may have a future ace in Quintana.