One can look at the Chicago Cubs tenure of Jose Quintana and say it hasn’t been great. But a deeper drive on the numbers may change your mind.
Despite falling just one out shy from a quality start, Jose Quintana threw another solid game Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field. The Chicago Cubs lefty currently has 14 quality starts (at least six innings with three or less earned runs) on the season. He sports a 3.90 ERA, 3.70 FIP, 1.28 WHIP, 8.09 K/9, 2.42 and BB/9 and 3.3 fWAR in 152 1/3 innings in 2019.
Those numbers are pretty spot-on when it comes to looking at his body of work on the North Side. As a Chicago Cub he has a 3.92 ERA, 3.92 FIP, 1.26 WHIP, 8.6 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9 in 411 innings pitched.
Everyone remembers what was given up to get Quintana from the White Sox back in the summer of 2017. Seemingly every pitch he makes is judged on whether or not it was worth giving up Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease for.
The promise of those two and the overall numbers of Quintana have often made Cubs fans upset about the trade. Yet, breaking down his body of work can certainly remind people of his value to the team.