Chris Sale pitched his second consecutive complete game in Thursday’s win against the Astros, improving to 9-0 with a 1.58 ERA on the year. The win kept the White Sox 2.5 games ahead of the Indians at 25-16. About a quarter of the way through the season, the White Sox are threatening to finish higher than fourth place for the first time since 2012. If they were to win the division, it would be the first time since 2008.
Sale is certainly a large factor in his team’s success thus far, but so too has tonight’s starter, Jose Quintana. Quintana has flown under the radar for a few years, posting good but not great results while pitching in a league that includes flashier pitchers like Clayton Kershaw, Jake Arrieta, and Max Scherzer. In his first eight starts to the season, Quintana has been about as good as Sale. The lefty has a league-best 1.54 ERA with a 47/11 K/BB ratio in 52 2/3 innings. As a percentage of batters faced, his 23.3 percent strikeout rate would be the best of his career if the season were to end today while his meager 5.5 percent walk rate would only be bested by last year’s rate.
Quintana will oppose the Royals’ Dillon Gee at U.S. Cellular Field tonight at 8:10 PM EDT.
The rest of Friday’s action…
Tampa Bay Rays (Matt Andriese) @ Detroit Tigers (Anibal Sanchez), 7:10 PM EDT
Chicago Cubs (Jake Arrieta) @ San Francisco Giants (Jake Peavy), 10:15 PM EDT
Los Angeles Dodgers (Scott Kazmir) @ San Diego Padres (Christian Friedrich), 10:40 PM EDT