Sunday afternoon in Baltimore, Jose Quintana showed just why the Cubs traded their top two prospects to acquire him. Quintana threw seven shut out innings allowing just three hits and striking out 12. It was Q’s 10th double digit strike out performance in his career and third on the season.
The Cubs got the bats going early with four runs in the 2nd and Quintana never let the Orioles back in the game. There certainly feels to be a better vibe around the Cubs in the second half, they’ve scored: 9, 10, and 8 runs in their first three games back. It seems everyone is mashing the ball with homers from: Russell (2), Zobrist, Contreras, Schwarber, Rizzo (2), Almora Jr., and Heyward in the weekend series.
Just as important as the offensive explosion was a very solid start from Jake Arrieta on Saturday. If the Cubs can get Arrieta going, along with the addition of Quintana and Kyle Hendricks returning from the DL, watch out National League.
-Micah Schaffer (@ultramicbeam)