Quintana’s goal of 200 innings not likely in ’13
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter September 12, 2013 10:49PM
Updated: October 15, 2013 7:25AM
Jose Quintana’s American League record of 17 no-decisions are three shy of Bert Blyleven’s major-league mark set with the Pirates in 1979, according to Elias, and Quintana’s 27 no-decisions since last season are the most in the majors.
Those are not the numbers Quintana (7-6, 3.56 ERA) wants to be remembered by. Pitching 200 innings would be, but because the Sox are using a modified six-man rotation these last few weeks, Quintana lines up to fall one day short of getting three starts. He’s at 179 2/3 innings after pitching seven scoreless in the Sox’ 1-0 loss Wednesday to the Tigers.
At least he won’t tie Blyleven, who was 12-5 with a 3.60 ERA in ’79 and would finish a 22-year career with 287 wins and 3,701 strikeouts.
Quintana’s outing marked the sixth time in his career that he pitched at least seven innings without a win, tying Joel Horlen for the most such starts in franchise history, according to STATS LLC.
Only Chris Sale, with 195 2/3 innings over 27 starts, has more than Quintana on the Sox. Quintana has made 30 starts.
“I watch closely when he pitches,’’ Quintana said. “He’s exciting. He fights, fights, fights out there.’’
Right-hander Erik Johnson and infielder Marcus Semien were named to the 2013 Baseball America All-Star first team. Semien was the MVP in the Class AA Southern League, and Johnson had a 1.96 ERA over 24 starts between Class AA and AAA. Johnson and Semien, drafted in 2011, were teammates at Cal.
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Second baseman Micah Johnson, who spent almost all season in Class A, has joined Class AA Birmingham for the Southern League championship series. Johnson has 58 stolen bases, a .312 average and is rising in stature on the Sox’ prospect list.
“The guy [in the farm system] who stands out on the field is Micah Johnson,’’ assistant general manager Buddy Bell said. “You can see the athleticism. He just stands out. He’s a strong kid, athletic. He’s very close.
“He’s a bright kid with solid makeup; he sees the game really well. I think at some point next year he could play in the big leagues based on what he’s done this year.’’
◆ Bell said the Sox will likely add a third rookie-level club next season.