With Cubs' High-Powered Offense, Jose Quintana Envisions More Wins For Himself

Quintana has the most no-decisions in baseball since 2012.

Bruce Levine
March 13, 2018 - 12:00 pm
Cubs left-hander Jose Quintana

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By Bruce Levine--

MESA, Ariz. (670 The Score) -- Throughout his career, left-hander Jose Quintana has been synonymous with taking no-decisions when on the mound, with the most across baseball since entering the big leagues in 2012.

The overwhelming majority of those came with the White Sox, for whom Quintana spent his first five-and-a-half seasons. Since being acquired by the Cubs in a trade last July, Quintana now has his sights on earning more wins himself as he readies for a full season with what was the National League's second highest-scoring offense in 2017.

Quintana went 7-3 with a 3.74 ERA in 14 starts for the Cubs last season. The Cubs averaged 1.17 more runs per game in Quintana starts than the White Sox produced for him last season.

He was 11-11 overall in 2017 and is 57-57 in his career.

"We have a really good team," Quintana said. "I saw that support in the second half. I'm just going to try to keep the games close (enough) to win. I hope we can get that support all season."

Working toward the regular season, Quintana threw 63 pitches in a five-inning stint against minor leaguers Monday. He focused on working on his changeup.

"I felt better as I got into more innings," Quintana said. "I felt way better in the last three innings. I worked on hitting my spots and using the changeup against lefties. I feel really good, and I am happy about my day."

Quintana is scheduled to make his first regular-season start on April 1 in Miami. In addition to his changeup, he's also zeroed in on locating his curveball.

"I am working on those pitches," Quintana said. "You want to make sure late in the game that you don't hang anything. When you throw something high late in the count, the catcher never catches that ball. The fans catch that ball. I'd much rather bounce the ball sometimes in that case. I will keep practicing the breaking ball."

Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine.