Chicago Cubs: Jose Quintana, LHP
Quintana is a tough nut to crack, just because of his inscrutable inconsistency. Since arriving on the North Side of Chicago, Quintana has not lived up to the hype or level of production of which he had on the South Side with the White Sox.
Nevertheless, when Quintana is on, he is difficult to hit, and with the rotation currently sitting as it is, he is a staple and seems to be a perennial postseason dark horse. In his Cubs career, Quintana has a 3.97 ERA and a 23.7 percent strikeout percentage.
Quintana has minimal postseason experience, outside of that from last year with the Cubs. He never made it to the postseason with the White Sox. In four career playoff games, to include three starts, Quintana is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA. The tiny sample size is difficult to measure in overall efficiency. However, that minute sample size has not been great.
Last season, in Game 3 of the National League Division Series, Quintana made his best start, pitching 5 2/3 shutout innings with seven strikeouts. Unfortunately, that success felt lost when, in his final start of the postseason, Quintana wholly imploded.
The Cubs and their fans hope that the real Jose Quintana will show up in the NLDS, to respond with success if called upon. Quintana finds himself as the number four starter of this playoff rotation.