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Cubs waste Jose Quintana's career night in Philadelphia

Cubs waste Jose Quintana's career night in Philadelphia

On most days, Jose Quintana's performance would have been more than enough to notch his seventh straight win.

The 30-year-old southpaw set a new personal strikeout record with 14 whiffs through six innings Tuesday night in Philadelphia, but instead it went down as another chapter in the book that is the Cubs' road woes.

The bats —from Nicholas Castellanos — went quiet and the bullpen gave up a pair of runs and the end result was a 4-2 loss, running the Cubs' record away from Wrigley Field to 23-36 on the season. It also marks the first time the Cubs lost in a Quintana start in nearly two months (June 22).

With the gem, Quintana became only the second Cubs pitcher ever to whiff at least 14 guys through six innings, joining Kerry Wood (who accomplished the feat on April 27, 2001):

It's also only the second time since 1908 a Cubs southpaw has notched 14 strikeouts:

Here are all 14 of those whiffs:

Since he gave up 8 earned runs in 3 innings in his first start of the season April 5 in Milwaukee, Quintana has posted a 3.78 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 128.2 innings. In those 22 outings, he's turned in 13 quality starts and allowed more than 3 earned runs just three times.

He's been even better his last eight times out, posting a 3.40 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 7.1 K/BB (50 strikeouts vs. 7 walks) since he was battered around by the Mets on June 22 (8 runs allowed in 4.1 innings).

Quintana's 4.11 season ERA won't put him in the NL Cy Young conversation this season, but in an era where balls are flying out of the yard at a record pace, it certainly positions him ahead of the curve (MLB average ERA is 4.52 this year). 

Not bad for a fifth starter.

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Here are the top trades in Cubs franchise history

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Here are the top trades in Cubs franchise history

With the MLB season suspended indefinitely due to COVID-19, the 2020 schedule could be tightened or even shortened. Which got me thinking...

How will the July 31 trade deadline be affected?

If the season starts in May or June, does the regular season go deeper than September? Whether it does or doesn't, does the deadline get pushed back to whatever the midpoint of the season is? Does MLB get rid of the deadline in 2020 altogether?

I'm just thinking out loud here. Then, I went down a rabbit hole and starting thinking of the top trades the Cubs have made in their history.

From Kiki to Fergie to Arrieta, here are the top deals the Cubs have made all-time.

Top trades in Cubs franchise history

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Yu Darvish's GQ magazine history only makes Cubs' ace more likable

Yu Darvish's GQ magazine history only makes Cubs' ace more likable

Yu Darvish is the Cubs' ace, a social media wiz and fan favorite. After a disastrous debut season in Chicago, he put together an impressive 2019 second half that has people bullish on his 2020 prospects — whenever the season may comemence.

Here's a couple notes you may not have known about the veteran right-hander:

1. Darvish pitched for Japan in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Big league players don’t participate in the quadrennial event because it occurs in the thick of the MLB season. Darvish was able to compete because he was still pitching in Japan’s NPB league.

2. Darvish’s father, Farsad, is Iranian, and his mother, Ikuyo, is Japanese. They met at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla., where Farsad played soccer. Farsad encouraged him to play soccer, but Yu preferred baseball.

3. In 2007, Darvish established the “Darvish Yu Water Fund” in collaboration with the Japan Water Forum. The project’s mission is to provide clean water to developing countries.

4. In 2012, Darvish was named the GQ Man of the Year in Japan. The magazine also billed him as the “Elvis of Japan” in 2010. 

Ace, humanitarian and GQ cover model. What's not to like about this guy?

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