Chicago Cubs: 5 things to know about Jose Quintana ahead of Monday's start

The Chicago Cubs starter is getting the ball against the Milwaukee Brewers in October 1 Game No. 163.

1

This is his seventh start against against the Brewers

Jose Quintana has taken the mound against the Brewers six times already this season. That's as weird as it sounds, because it means he's started in every series the two teams have had this year.

2

He's been mostly dominant

Quintana has been a bit of a Brewers killer this season. In six starts, he has posted a 4-1 record and a 2.17 ERA. In 37 1/3 innings, he's got 33 strikeouts, while allowing just 35 baserunners.

3

He pitches well against the Brewers

Quintana's success against Milwaukee isn't just about this season. In 10 starts over his career, he's 6-2 with a 1.60 earned run average. In other words, he's very good. The 2.17 ERA this year has actually raised his career numbers.

4

There is that one game

I noted he is 4-1 against the Brewers this year? There is one start where he got hit pretty hard. On August 14, he went just five innings, allowing six hits, a walk, and hit two batters. He also allowed five earned runs, thanks to three homers allowed. That has been the extreme outlier in his career against the Cubs.

5

Don't expect a long outing

Even when Jose Quintana is dominant, the Chicago Cubs need to keep him on a short leash. The third time through the lineup, Quintana tends to get shelled. His slash line goes from .188/.261/.372 when talking about the second time through the order to .326/.411/.522 the third time through.

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