I’m writing about starting pitching for Rotographs and thought the Pitcher List community would enjoy the in-depth discussion.
This offseason, I’m taking the time to study the arms that deserve a little bit of extra attention. Sure, every starter should get a bit more than your standard gloss over, but you know Max Scherzer is a top tier starter and you’re aware that Andrew Cashner will not come close to repeating his 3.40 ERA. I can also imagine that Jose Quintana will be getting this standard treatment by many. You’re going to have some that consider him a stable arm and grab him as a #2 SP and you have others – myself included – that treat him as someone who will wait to see him fall before considering him for your staff.
But that was the old me. Quintana made a significant tweak in his approach this season and I didn’t know any better.
Let’s talk about the 32 starts Quintana made in 2017. The shallow numbers aren’t very encouraging – 4.15 ERA, a career-high 7.7% walk rate, with the first HR/FB rate above 10% since 2013 (near league average of 13.2%). Not atrocious, but certainly not what you’d expect from someone going around the #20th SP off the board in early mock drafts.
2017 was a tale of two halves for Quintana, though. Well, not two halves exactly, but the first 11 games compared to the final 21 were vastly different.