No one could have known how the many trades, especially that of ace starter Jake Peavy would affect the Chicago White Sox this season and in the near future. Since that time however one starting pitcher in particular has made it clear that he is well on his way to being a proven star at the Major League Baseball level and that is Jose Quintana. Though his ERA for the season doesn’t look all that impressive, his numbers down the stretch speak well towards his 2014 potential.
Over the last five starts going into Monday’s start Quintana has an ERA around 2.50 and has only give up more than one run twice; both times a three spot. His control is there as are the key outs. He hasn’t gotten a ton of run support as the White Sox are still not a great offensive team this season even at their best. Still, it is impressive what Quintana has done.
It would be difficult to look at what he has done in September and back into August without thinking of the season he should have in 2014. Assuming the White Sox get few things going offensively he should be able to keep an ERA just below three and hit fifteen wins at least. A good first half of the season could even land him a possible all-star spot. Things might not be completely peachy for the White Sox next season but they certainly will have a few good things going for them and Quintana is one of them.