Quintana eyes 10-win mark for first time

White Sox lefty yet to reach double digits in his career

Quintana eyes 10-win mark for first time

CHICAGO -- In the world of advanced baseball metrics, the pitcher's win basically has been viewed as obsolete as the pet rock.

Nonetheless, Jose Quintana has 10 or 11 starts remaining during the 2016 season to pick up one victory and reach double-digits for the first time in his career. It's a rather dubious distinction, because Quintana's 57 no-decisions since 2012 not only lead all of the Majors but also contributed to him winning nine games in each of the past four years.

Ten seems to be only the starting point for Quintana, who has placed himself in the fraternity of the game's top starting pitchers.

"I really try to get more than 10," Quintana said. "I try to help my team as much as I can. You help the team. That's most important."

"Even yesterday, when those runs go up, you know you have a really good chance, and you know he doesn't get to see that very often," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "There's a good feeling when that happens. Even though you don't like to talk about it, it's there, and you know you want to get him as many wins as you can, and 10 will be a big one, because there hasn't been a ton of run support for him."

Quintana's strong start

Since July 1, Quintana's 2.27 ERA ranks fourth in the American League behind J.A. Happ (1.45), Justin Verlander (1.69) and Ervin Santana (1.90). A winless June dropped Quintana to 5-8 overall, but he has a 4-0 record with, of course, two no-decisions over his six starts since the start of July.

Quintana has gone at least six innings and allowed one run or less in four of those starts. Chris Sale seemed to hold the focus of the White Sox potential rebuild in regard to talk of the talent haul return he would bring back around the non-waiver Trade Deadline, but Quintana's value is only slightly behind, if not pretty close to equal.

Both hurlers stand as extremely valuable as part of the team's current rotation or as offseason trade chips, depending on the direction of the organization. The priority now for the highly-respected Quintana is help the White Sox get as many wins as possible over the final month and a half, with his next chance coming Wednesday night in Kansas City.

"He has the utmost respect for everybody, and it comes right back to him. He has earned that," said Ventura, whose team has a 12-10 record in the 22 games started by Quintana this season. "Part of it is because, I don't know if it's the situation, but how it's happened and the way he's handled it. I think that's what makes him special."

"It's really good when you hear that from people talking about you ... especially at this level when you see a lot of good hitters, and every time you try to get better and better," Quintana said. "That's really important for me to try to help the team and get better and better now."

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.