Buying- Jose Quintana

Jose Quintana pitched another great game in his last start against the Seattle Mariners. Quintana pitched 7.2 innings, struck out 10, gave up 4 hits and did not allow a run.

Analysis: Jose Quintana is one of the hottest pitchers in baseball right now. He has allowed just 3 earned runs over his last four starts. In that four game span he has struck out 31 batters to just 26 hits/walks. Over the last month of the season he is the 33rd best fantasy starter. He also ranks as the 47th best starter this season.

These rankings should not come as a surprise considering Quintana has been pitching very well since April. He currently has a 3.20 ERA, 3.31 xFIP, 1.24 WHIP and 100 strikeouts. He ranks 35th among starters in ERA and 26th in strikeouts. Keep in mind that the twenty-five year old Quintana posted a 3.51 ERA last year with a 1.22 WHIP and 164 strikeouts.

At the moment Jose Quintana is available in 25-70% of fantasy leagues. His next start should be in Boston on Thursday.

Under The Radar- Quintana

Jose Quintana is quietly having a solid fantasy season in his second year in the majors after a sub 4.00 ERA rookie season.

Analysis: Quintana is only twenty-four years old but he’s the 58th best fantasy starter thus far this year. The future is bright for the lefty as he continues to be a model of consistency on the mound. Quintana has allowed more than three earned runs just once over his last ten starts. He’s struck out at least five batters in nine of his last ten starts and has four wins in that span. His 3.67 ERA is 45th in baseball, his 1.22 WHIP is 36th. He produces and is consistent, so why is he available in 40-85% of fantasy leagues?

We will know the answer to that question when someone can explain why Bruce Chen is owned in more fantasy leagues than Jose Quintana. People seem to love Chen’s 2.20 ERA through seven starts and some relief work but his xFIP this year is 4.84. Chen has had an xFIP north of 4.40 in each of his last ten seasons. Quintana’s first two years in terms of xFIP is better than Bruce Chen’s best year.