Maddon: Key For Quintana Is Work In 1-1 Counts

Jose Quintana has a 6.39 ERA in five starts in June.

Laurence Holmes Show
June 26, 2019 - 1:18 pm

(670 The Score) Cubs manager Joe Maddon believes left-hander Jose Quintana's recent struggles boil down to a specific, pivotal point in a number of at-bats.

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That would be his work in 1-1 counts.

"The biggest thing with me for him is counts," Maddon said on the Laurence Holmes Show on Wednesday afternoon. "I've already spoken to him about it, I've talked to (pitching coach Tommy Hottovy) about it and I showed them some information. The 1-1 count, really turning that into 1-2s and not 2-1s, that's where if he's really able to do that, he'll start pitching like you've seen in the past. The bigger concern that I have is just managing counts."

Foes are hitting .250 with an .827 OPS after getting to a 2-1 count against Quintana. After getting to a 1-2 count against Quintana, opponents are hitting .133 with a .373 OPS.

Quintana has struggled lately, going 0-3 with a 6.39 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP in 25 1/3 innings across five starts in June. The Cubs have moved to a six-man rotation for the time being by adding top pitching prospect Adbert Alzolay to mix, and Maddon believes the extra rest for Quintana will prove helpful.

"The biggest thing right now, we're giving him an extra day or two -- I can't remember exactly -- going into his next start," Maddon said. "And that's where this sixth starter is going to be very important for us, to interject this guy (Adbert Alzolay) to give the regular starters a rest. I think just by an added day or two, you're going to see an uptick in his stuff."