Texas Rangers: Jose Quintana

Rapid Reaction: Rangers 16, White Sox 0

August, 5, 2014
8/05/14
10:08
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox were crushed 16-0 by the Texas Rangers on Tuesday, the second time in three days they gave up 16 runs in a game.

How it happened: White Sox starter John Danks was rocked, giving up nine runs on eight hits, including four home runs, in 4⅔ innings. Danks also walked five batters. The Rangers ended the night with five home runs, their most in a game since last season against the White Sox. Adam Dunn was called on to pitch the ninth inning in the blowout, and he gave up only one run, topping out at 83 mph on the radar gun. Rangers starter Colby Lewis gave up six hits in the complete-game shutout.

What it means: So much for the top three members of the White Sox rotation, as that group has been reduced to two: Chris Sale and Jose Quintana. Danks has a 10.29 ERA over his four starts since the All-Star break and also has given up nine home runs in that span. The struggles have come after Danks went 2-0 with a 2.73 ERA in his four starts before the break.

Outside the box: Before the game, Danks, Sale and Quintana boasted a combined 25-14 record and a 3.21 ERA over 62 starts (44 quality). Not only has Danks fallen by the wayside in the group, but Sale and Quintana have completely distanced themselves. Quintana is 3-0 with a 1.69 ERA over his past nine starts, while Sale is 3-0 with a 1.67 ERA over his past five.

Offbeat: The White Sox’s Moises Sierra had his patience tested Thursday as the Rangers’ offense erupted early. Sierra was in the ninth spot of Chicago's batting order and didn’t come to the plate for the first time until he led off in the third inning. But by that time, Rangers leadoff man Shin-Soo Choo already had made three trips to the plate, hitting a double, striking out and grounding into a double play.

Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander Sale (10-1, 2.09 ERA) to the mound Wednesday in the finale of the three-game series. The Rangers will counter with right-hander Nick Tepesch (3-7, 4.84) in the 1:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.

W2W4: Surprising White Sox come to town

April, 18, 2014
4/18/14
12:00
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The final series of this 10-game homestand for the Rangers pits them against the Chicago White Sox. Here are a few quick things to keep an eye on:

* The White Sox weren't anybody's pick to contend in the AL Central. And while it's early, the team is playing well, hanging in with the Detroit Tigers near the top of the division. The biggest reason: offense. Chicago has led the AL in runs scored for most of the season and has been in the top three in batting average and OPS. The result is a competitive team playing well right now. The Rangers have lost four consecutive series to the White Sox, dropping nine of 12 games in that span.

* Credit Jose Abreu and Alexei Ramirez for helping that White Sox offense. Ramirez leads the AL with a .390 batting average and Abreu and Ramirez both have four home runs.

* Martin Perez has quietly put up solid numbers to start the 2014 season, going 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA in 20 innings (three starts). But there is one area he wants to improve: walks. Perez has walked three batters in each of his last two starts, something he needs to cut down on as the season progresses. His lone start against the White Sox came in August of last year. He gave up four runs and eight hits in seven innings.

* Walkoffs. The Rangers have already had four of them at home. This team has shown resiliency and a flair for the dramatic. Don't be shocked if they've got one more in them before they head on the road to Oakland and Seattle.

* Colby Lewis should be over any jitters from making his first start in two years and is now just a normal member of the rotation. His next turn comes Saturday against left-handed pitcher Jose Quintana. Lewis gave up four runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings and admitted that while he was glad to get out there and see his velocity tick up a bit more than where he was in 2012, he expects to go deeper into games.

* Batting with runners in scoring position has been an issue for the Rangers during the last week. They came into Thursday's game 7-for-57 (.123) in their last seven games. They were hitting .352 (tops in the AL) with RISP before this seven-game stretch and are now just .250, still good for fifth in the AL.

* Prince Fielder has a .293 batting average in 40 games against the White Sox. He has hit a home run on this homestand but still hasn't really put together solid back-to-back games. We'll see if the weekend gets him going.

Matchup: Yu Darvish vs. Jose Quintana

April, 30, 2013
4/30/13
1:30
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Two starters coming off back-to-back wins will square off as the Texas Rangers' Yu Darvish opposes the Chicago White Sox's Jose Quintana on Tuesday in the opener of a three-game set. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. CT on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM, with the Spanish broadcast on 1540 AM.

PODCAST
Ron Washington joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss Yu Darvish, the Rangers' recent losses and if the notion that the team looked fatigued is warranted this early in the season.

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Darvish (4-1, 1.65 ERA): Darvish, 26, has gone back-to-back outings and a total of 18 consecutive innings going back three starts without allowing a run. … He struck out 11 over six innings his last time out in an 11-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday. The right-hander has notched double-digit strikeouts in back-to-back games. He has yet to strike out 10 or more hitters in three consecutive starts in his major league career. … Darvish faced Chicago once last season and was saddled with the loss after allowing six runs – five earned – on eight hits and three walks with six strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings on July 27. … Darvish is 5-0 in seven regular-season home starts since losing to the White Sox.

Quintana (2-0, 2.78 ERA): The left-hander lasted just five innings against Cleveland in his last outing but got the win in Chicago’s 3-2 victory after allowing two runs on four hits and two walks with three strikeouts. … Quintana’s three strikeouts against the Indians tied a season low. … The 24-year-old picked up the win in his only career outing against Texas last season, allowing one run on just two hits and a walk while striking out eight through eight innings on July 5. … Quintana has yet to allow an earned run on the road this season, having given up a combined six hits and two walks in 13 2/3 innings with 14 strikeouts against Cleveland and Toronto. Quintana was better on the road (3.42 ERA in 12 appearances) than at home (4.13 ERA in 13 appearances) last season.

Hitters: Gordon Beckham (2-for-3) is the only White Sox player with multiple hits or an extra base hit against Darvish, but he’s on the disabled list with a fractured hamate bone in his left wrist. Rangers hitters are a combined 2-for-19 against Quintana. Adrian Beltre and Ian Kinsler own the only two hits.

Up Next:

Wednesday vs. Chicago: RHP Nick Tepesch (2-1, 2.53) vs. LHP Chris Sale (2-2, 4.09), 7:05 p.m. CT, ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
Thursday vs. Chicago: RHP Justin Grimm (2-0, 1.59) vs. RHP Jake Peavy (3-1, 3.38) 7:05 p.m. CT, ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW

W2W4: Rangers vs. White Sox

April, 30, 2013
4/30/13
11:30
AM CT
The Texas Rangers and Chicago White Sox play their only three-game series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington beginning Tuesday night.

PODCAST
Ron Washington joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss Yu Darvish, the Rangers' recent losses and if the notion that the team looked fatigued is warranted this early in the season.

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The White Sox will throw three quality starters at the Rangers -- left-handers Jose Quintana (2-0, 2.78 ERA) and Chris Sale (2-2, 4.09) and right-hander Jake Peavy (3-1, 3.38). The Rangers will counter with Yu Darvish (4-1, 1.65) on Tuesday night, followed by rookie right-handers Nick Tepesch (2-1, 2.53) and Justin Grimm (2-0, 1.59).

Here's some other things to look for:

Strong starting pitching: The White Sox's starting rotation has been the team's strength. Sox starters have a 3.03 ERA over the last 13 games with a 5-3 record during that span. Peavy is tied for sixth in the American League with 39 strikeouts. Overall, Chicago is fourth in the AL with a 3.60 team ERA. The Rangers are first with a 3.02 ERA.

Where's the offense?: The White Sox are last in the AL in batting average at .229 and 13th out of 15 teams with a .382 slugging percentage. They are last in the AL in runs (83), walks (54) and hitting with runners in scoring position (.188). The White Sox have scored two runs or less seven times this season. They've been held to five or fewer hits seven times, too.

Pair of sluggers: Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn rank fourth and fifth among active players in home runs. Konerko, who is fourth, hit his 426th home run Sunday, putting him in a tie for 45th overall behind Chicago Cubs great Billy Williams. Dunn has 411 home runs, ranking him 48th all-time, three behind Darrell Evans. Konerko and Dunn have combined for nine home runs this season.

Sox look for 2012 repeat: The White Sox had a 6-3 record against the Rangers in 2012, their first season series victory over Texas since 2004. Chicago won five straight games in July, including a three-game sweep at U.S. Cellular Field on July 3-5. The Rangers and White Sox split six games at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Matchup: Matt Harrison vs. Jose Quintana

July, 5, 2012
7/05/12
10:15
AM CT


ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers wrap up their three-game series with the Chicago White Sox on Thursday before heading home for a three-game set with the Minnesota Twins before the All-Star break. The series finale features LHP Matt Harrison vs. LHP Jose Quintana at 1:10 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW. A quick look at the matchup:

Harrison (11-3, 3.16): The 26-year-old will make his 17th start of the season. ... He was named to the American League All-Star Game for the first time in his career. ... Named AL Pitcher of the Month and Rangers Player of the Month for June after going 5-0 with a 1.29 ERA in six starts. He is the second Rangers pitcher to win the monthly honor in the last 14 seasons. ... He's the first Rangers pitcher to win five games in a month since Scott Feldman in August 2009 and the first with at least 11 wins prior the the All-Star break since Kenny Rogers in 2004. ... He is tied with David Price for the AL lead in wins. ... Currently has a seven-game win streak, which matches a career best. ... Harrison is 11-0 this season when allowing three runs or fewer. ... He is 3-0 with a 2.91 ERA against the White Sox in six career starts. ... Picked up his first win of the season April 8 against the White Sox, throwing six shutout innings. ... Pitched a four-hit shutout in Chicago on May 8, 2009.

Quintana (3-1, 2.19): The 23-year-old is making his eighth start and 10th appearance of the season. ... Made his major league debut May 7, giving up just one hit with three strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings against the Indians. ... He gave up six runs on eight hits in six innings in his last start against the New York Mets. It is the only outing this season where he has given up more than two runs. ... Has a 1.74 ERA in four home games, including three starts. ... Holds an impressive 0.35 ERA in five daytime appearances, including three starts. ... Opponents are hitting just .151 off of him in day games this year. ... No. 3 and 4 hole hitters are just 9-for-41 (.220) this season. ... With two outs and runners in scoring position, opponents are only 2-for-19 (.105) against him.

Hitters: No current Rangers have faced Quintana. ... Current White Sox are 16-for-81 (.198) off Harrison. ... Alex Rios is 3-for-8 (.375) with an RBI and three walks. ... Paul Konerko 2-for-14 (.143) with a double and an RBI. ... A.J. Pierzynski is 0-for-8 with a walk and two strikeouts.

Up Next:

Fri. vs. Twins: TBD vs. LHP Francisco Liriano (2-7, 5.40), 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/TXA21
Sat. vs. Twins: TBD vs. RHP Cole De Vries (2-1, 3.43), 6:15 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FOX
Sun. vs. Twins: TBD vs. RHP Nick Blackburn (4-5, 8.10), 6:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/ FSSW

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Adrian Beltre
BA HR RBI R
.324 19 77 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
WC. Lewis 10
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182