BALTIMORE — While the Cubs await their shot at their first road sweep of 2017, here are some fun Jose Quintana facts.
Quintana is the fifth player in Cubs team history whose name begins with “Q.” The others:
Joe Quest (1879-82)
Frank Quinn (1899)
Wimpy Quinn (1941)
Luis Quinones (1987)
Not a stellar list, you’ll have to admit, and just one in the last 75 years. Quintana won’t have to do much to be the best-ever.
The Cubs have also had two coaches whose name begins with “Q”: manager Mike Quade (2010-11) and bench coach Jamie Quirk (2012-13).
More Quintana info and facts below.
Meanwhile, the Cubs stand at exactly .500 for the 21st different time this year. Hopefully, they go over the break-even mark today and stay over.
Here are today’s particulars.
Zobrist 2B, Bryant 3B, Rizzo 1B, Contreras C, Schwarber DH, Happ CF, Heyward RF, Russell SS, Jay LF
José Quintana's #Cubs debut!— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) July 16, 2017
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Jones CF, Machado 3B, Schoop 2B, Trumbo DH, Davis 1B, Mancini LF, Castillo C, Giavotella 2B, Rickard RF
Jose Quintana vs. Ubaldo Jimenez
There have been 20 Colombian-born players in major-league history. Jose Quintana is the first such player to be a Cub.
He’s also a potential top-of-the-rotation starter under team control for the next 3½ seasons. He’s been very good for the White Sox with little run support. The Cubs should be able to help with that.
Quintana has had a rough go of it at times this year, but since June 1 (seven starts) he has a 2.70 ERA and 1.200 WHIP. We’ll take that for the rest of this year, thankyouverymuch.
Quintana faced the Orioles May 7 at Camden Yards. It did not go well — nine hits and four runs in seven innings. Here’s hoping for better this afternoon.
One more Quintana note: This afternoon he will become the third pitcher to make starts for both the Cubs and White Sox in the same season, joining Bob Miller (1970) and Steve Renko (1977).
Ubaldo Jimenez has been just bad this year, bad enough that he got removed from the Orioles rotation after posting a 7.17 ERA and 1.561 WHIP over his first 10 appearances.
Since his return to the rotation he’s been more bad: 6.59 ERA, 1.317 ERA in 27⅓ innings, with seven home runs allowed in five starts. Two of those outings were actually pretty good, but the other three were awful.
His last appearance against the Cubs was four innings of relief August 23, 2014 at Wrigley Field. Current Cubs are a small-sample-size 8-for-27 (.296) against him with one home run (Jon Jay, who is 3-for-8 with two doubles in addition to the home run against Ubaldo).
Today's game is on ABC7 Chicago.
Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today.
Baseball-reference.com game preview
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