Without bad luck, Quintana would have no luck at all


Without bad luck, Quintana would have no luck at all

DETROIT -- Jose Quintana on Thursday became the first pitcher of the modern era to complete eight shutout innings on three occasions and receive a no-decision in each in the same season.

The White Sox rookie wasnt aware of that statistic -- courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau -- when he addressed the media after Thursdays 3-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox.

But Quintana isnt oblivious to the hard luck he has fallen on in those starts, two of which he left with a 1-0 lead only to see the bullpen lose the game.

His response: it happens.

Apparently it doesnt, but teammates said that doesnt faze Quintana, who signed a minor-league contract with the White Sox last offseason.

We didnt know too much about him when he came up, slugger Adam Dunn said. Hes been as good as anybody on our staff all year. Hes had one bad game all year and he ended up winning it. We just havent scored any runs for him and hes been great.

Quintana also received a no-decision when he threw eight shutout innings in starts at Los Angeles (June 17) and against Milwaukee (June 24).

Those three outings are second most in the majors this season -- Seattles Felix Hernandez has four -- and the most by a rookie since Detroits Justin Verlander had three in 2006.

Thats tough, Dunn said. But hes doing his job. Were just not doing ours. Its hard to be pissed off when you do your job. You cant be pissed when you go out there and throw eight shutout innings. What else can he do? This isnt the National League. Hes a good kid. Ive enjoyed having him on the team.

Cubs Talk Podcast: Mailbag edition


Cubs Talk Podcast: Mailbag edition

3:00 - Listener question: Espada or Ross? Kelly Crull shares some inside info on Joe Espada

7:30 - Kelly talks about David Ross' second interview for the Cubs managerial job.

11:30 - Listener question: Say it is Espada, do you see any way David Ross comes on as a coach behind Espada?

13:30 - Listener question: Could the team regress further due to a lack of familiarity with a new manager?

20:10 - Listener question: How hard will Theo and Jed go after Gerrit Cole? And if he's not available who else is?

23:30 - Listener question: Are you trying to extend Castellanos?

26:00 - Listener question: If you sign Castellanos are you also trading Kyle Schwarber?

28:45 - Listener question: Should the Cubs trade Kris Bryant? What would they get back in return?

33:00 - Lighting round: Will Nico Hoerner be the opening day second baseman and keep the job in 2020?

33:10 - Lightning round: Will the Cubs bring back Cole Hamels?

33:45 - Can we and should we clone Javy Baez so we have a fresh Javy when he retires, or is that unethical?

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Power Rankings Roundup: The free fall continues, and the NFC North is really good

Power Rankings Roundup: The free fall continues, and the NFC North is really good

The Bears' two-game losing streak is doing them no favors in The Web's power rankings, but even pessimistic reviews haven't totally sold them off yet (thanks defense!). What's a bit more daunting, however, is how quickly the other teams in the NFC North are rising. Some fun road games ahead huh?? Here's what they're saying: –– #15
Trubisky is clearly pressing as the pressure mounts on his shoulders. He's taken a big step back in his third season ... how long can Matt Nagy stand by the former No. 2 overall pick? –– #16
The Bears no longer resemble a playoff team -- not with Mitchell Trubisky at quarterback. Chicago's offense ranks 30th in total yards per game, 30th in yards per play, 28th in passing yards per game and 28th in rushing yards per game.

CBS Sports –– #16
Their offense is woeful at times and just won't allow them to win many games. The defense hasn't been as good the past two games either, which makes Sunday's game against the Chargers a must-win for both teams.

Sports Illustrated –– #17
Maybe Matt Nagy isn’t a cure-all. Maybe the defense is feeling the weight of carrying the offense and starting to crack (36 points to a backup QB with two weeks to prepare at home). Or maybe, just maybe, this team was never that good in the first place.

Bleacher Report –– #13
To say that the Bears are having issues offensively is an understatement. In Mitchell Trubisky's first game back from injury, he had fewer than 100 passing yards into the final quarter. Chicago had seven carries for 17 yards on the ground—for the game.

Chicago Tribune –– #18
Classes in Offense 202 need to be canceled. Nearly all the students are failing miserably. That’s reality when the Bears have yet to total 300 yards of offense in a single game. High-powered offenses will come close to that total in a good half.

Sporting News –– #19
When the Bears don't play good defense and can't run the ball, they're in trouble, because it puts games on the right arm of Mitchell Trubisky. They have a few schedule breaks coming up, but they need their third-year QB to play a lot better for that to matter.

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