Five top takeaways from the Cubs' Friday win over Texas include Quintana being sharp

The Chicago Cubs have reason to be excited about Jose Quintana. - [Ron Cogswell / Flickr]
The Chicago Cubs have reason to be excited about Jose Quintana. - [Ron Cogswell / Flickr]

Jose Quintana was dealing against the Texas Rangers in the Chicago Cubs first game of the day on March 22.

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Jose Quintana took the mound for the Chicago Cubs on a Friday afternoon (March 22), 7-3 win, over Texas, and appeared to be at the top of his game. The lefty went six innings, allowing just four hits and a run while striking out six. Considering the struggles the Cubs' rotation has had of late, it was good to see a starting pitcher dominate.

1

Chatwood was good

As we wait to see what Tyler Chatwood we're going to get, it looks like he's starting to get used to the bullpen. On Friday, he pitched an inning of shut out ball. More importantly, he didn't walk a single batter.

2

Kintzler bouncing back as well

After a bad start to the spring, Brandon Kintzler might be bouncing back. He went just 2/3 of an inning on Friday, but he didn't allow a baserunner or a run. He's going to be quite important, as the team tries to clear up its bullpen picture.

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