Giants Claim Starter Jose Quintana

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Former all-star starting pitcher Jose Quintana has been claimed off of waivers from the Los Angeles Angels. It’s been a rough two years for Quintana, who through just 10.0 innings in 2020 and has a 6.75 ERA in 53.1 IP in 2021, but he could still be a viable option for the Giants down the stretch.

Jose Quintana’s Stats

Although this season has been rough for Quintana, who was demoted to the Angels’ bullpen, he’s put up the best strikeout rate of his career. It’s tough to use only ERA to evaluate a player in just 53.1 innings, and all his other numbers look good. This year, he has a 4.31 FIP, 3.68 xFIP, 28.7% K%, 3.90 SIERA, and 12.32 K/9.

As a reliever, Jose Quintana was putting up incredible numbers. In his 14 relief appearances, Quintana has thrown 18.1 innings with a 3.93 ERA, 3.55 FIP, 2.97 xFIP, and just a 3.9% BB%. Although he’s struggled as a starter in limited innings, he’s still a viable reliever, with obvious upside as a former front-line starter. In his career, Quintana has a 3.83 ERA, 3.67 FIP, 3.86 xFIP, 3.98 SIERA, 21.3% K%, and 28.8 fWAR in 1548.1 innings over 10 seasons.

How Quintana Fits in San Francisco

Picking up Jose Quintana is just another one of many under-the-radar Giants’ pick-ups that have enabled them to hold the best record in baseball as we near the end of August. It’s remarkable how much they’ve exceeded expectations, but it can easily be explained by resurgences from former stars, as well as small pick-ups paying big dividends, like Anthony DeSclafani, Alex Wood, and LaMonte Wade Jr.

With the Giants dealing with some injuries and a recent COVID-19 outbreak, Quintana will likely throw valuable innings as a starter and as a reliever over the next couple of months. Given the opportunity, he may even pitch himself onto the Giants’ playoff roster come October. Quintana’s advanced numbers show positive signs, and as a low-risk, high-reward move, this makes perfect sense for San Francisco.

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