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Quintana to make Cubs' debut versus Orioles
Chicago Cubs at Baltimore Orioles
- The Cubs dropped two out of three to the Pirates over the weekend, including Sunday's game by a score of 14-3. Chicago allowed 10 runs in the first inning of that game, its most allowed in any inning over the last five seasons.
- The Orioles beat the Twins on Saturday and Sunday to earn a four-game split in Minnesota last weekend. Their 11 runs on Sunday were their most since scoring 15 against the Cardinals on June 17. Baltimore scored in double digits twice in the month of June.
- This will be the fourth-ever series between these teams, and just the Cubs' second trip to Baltimore. The first came in 2003, when they won two of the three games. Chicago is 6-3 against the Orioles all-time.
- Mike Montgomery allowed seven runs (all earned) in 2.1 innings in his last start against the Brewers at Wrigley on July 6. He also pitched 3.0 innings of relief in Sunday's 14-3 loss to the Pirates, allowing two runs (both earned).
- Kevin Gausman gave up six runs (five earned) in 4.0 innings against the Twins on July 7, taking a no-decision. That followed back-to-back starts in which he had allowed zero runs and six hits over 12.1 innings, going 2-0 in those games.
- Trey Mancini is hitting .434 against fastballs this season, second in the majors among qualified batters (Ben Gamel, .455). Kris Bryant is the Cubs' best hitter against fastballs at .294, 77th in MLB.
- Morgan asks Hall voters to ban PED users
- Ohtani likely to be up for bid next week
- Judge has shoulder surgery, OK by spring
- Rule-breaking Braves lose 13 players
- 5 minor leaguers suspended for drugs
BALTIMORE-- Jose Quintana will make his debut with the Cubs on Sunday as Chicago tries to complete a sweep of its weekend series with the Baltimore Orioles.
Quintana (4-8, 4.49 ERA with the White Sox) will start against Baltimore right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez (4-4, 6.67) three days after being acquired in a deal with the cross-town White Sox.
The Cubs gave up four big prospects for Quintana, and he's hoping to do big things for his new team.
"I'm not surprised that (the White Sox) moved me, but I didn't know where I'd go," Quintana said. "I'm so happy I moved to the other side of the city and stayed in Chicago. I'm really happy. I think it was the best situation for me."
The left-hander will wear No. 62 with the Cubs. He started slowly but has done better in the past six weeks, going 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA since June 1.
Quintana has a 1-5 career record with a 4.65 ERA against the Orioles.
As for Jimenez, he has been inconsistent throughout the season. Some times he's been very good, others very bad.
He got the victory July 9 versus the Twins in an 11-5 game but allowed four runs on four hits in five innings.
The entire starting rotation has stumbled for much of this season, and are looking for someone to help right the ship and take pressure off the bullpen.
Kevin Gausman (eight runs in three innings) and Wade Miley (seven runs in 4 2/3 frames) combined to allow 15 runs in the first two games of this series as Baltimore has yet to slow down a Cubs' team which hit only .239 in the first half.
Jimenez is 1-3 with a 5.14 career record versus the Cubs (45-45).
Cubs manager Joe Maddon wants his team to start the second half better, and they've already done well with two wins, 19 runs and eight homers versus Baltimore in the first two games.
Still, he's saying it's a bit early to really push his team although Maddon has a good feeling about where his team is at with the second half just underway.
"If you get the whip out too soon right now, man, you will be done by the middle of August," Maddon said. "That's my experience. Right now, my sense is ... they're starting to catch a second wind."
For the Orioles, the bullpen is their strength when it comes to pitching, and the recent returns of Zach Britton and Darren O'Day help.
Britton did not pitch Saturday, and manager Buck Showalter said he's moving closer to make the left-hander his closer.
Still, Brad Brach pitched well during most of Britton's time on the disabled list, and the skipper said he's going to be careful with how he uses everyone in that part of the bullpen
"We've got multiple options there I feel comfortable with," Showalter said. "It allows me not to over-use somebody, which we haven't done and won't do."
Right now, the Orioles need to find some consistency from the starting rotation. That might be a tall task as Showalter hasn't found it all year, and the team has slipped to six games under .500 at 42-48, tying a season-worst.
Updated July 16, 2017