Drew Silva discusses Jose Quintana's new role with the St. Louis Cardinals and why the 33-year-old is set for an uptick in performance after being traded from the Pirates.
DREW SILVA: After falling short in their pursuit of Juan Soto, the Cardinals pivoted their trade deadline strategy toward more immediate needs, namely pitching. Jordan Montgomery was acquired from the Yankees, and they also picked up José Quintana and Chris Stratton from the Pirates. Quintana made his debut in Saint Louis on Thursday, August 4, and delivered six innings of one run, one hit ball against the archrival Cubs while punching out seven hitters.
For the year, Quintana carries a 3.39 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 96 strikeouts in 21 starts covering 109 innings. He has only three wins to show for it, but you can blame the Pirates for that. His projectable win total gets a sharp uptick with the Cardinals, who currently lead the NL Central race and have a lot of very favorable matchups on what remains of their regular season schedule. And his ERA should stay in the low 3's or perhaps even slide more toward the 2's with the move into pitcher-friendly Busch Stadium and with an elite St Louis defense handling any balls in play. Soto would have been franchise-altering, but the Cardinals are in great shape to secure yet another postseason appearance.