Today's Matchup: Milwaukee (Fiers) at White Sox (Quintana)

Jun 06, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana (62) throws a pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at US Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-US PRESSWIRE

Jose Quintana (2-1, 1.53) has never been a highly regarded prospect. Prior to the 2012 season, he was rated as just a C prospect by John Sickels of Minor League Ball.

Despite that, he has had success in the minors with the Yankees and the White Sox. Over 91 games--fifty starts--Quintana has a 2.76 minor league ERA with a 10.00 K/9. However, he pitched in Double-A for the first time earlier this season, making nine starts for Birmingham before being called up to the majors. It's quite the jump to go from High-A to the majors in just a few short months, with little time in between.

Still, Quintana has found some success with the White Sox. He has a 3.18 FIP to go with his 1.53 ERA and while his peripheral stats are not amazing, they are good. He has a 5.09 K/9, but just a 1.53 BB/9 and 0.51 HR/9. The low home run rate can be expected, he never gave up many longballs in the minor leagues, either. However, he also had a higher walk rate, something that we should expect to be higher against much stronger competition. At some point over the year, he will likely start walking more hitters.

Quintana is a very slight ground ball pitcher, with a 40.4 GB% and a 37.5 FB%. Quintana has been (small sample size) much worse at home than on the road. When in Chicago, he is allowing a .716 opponent OPS compared to a .564 OPS when traveling. The 23-year-old lefty pitched the best game of his career his last outing, against the Dodgers. He went eight shutout innings, allowing five hits and no walks while striking out six. And he needed just 77 pitched to do that. The White Sox ultimately lost that game as Addison Reed blew the save and the Dodgers scored the winning run in the tenth inning.

Quintana throws three pitches, primarily: A 90 MPH four seamer (64%), an 85 MPH slider (23%), and a 78 MPH curveball (10%).

As you no doubt could guess, Quintana has never faced a Brewers hitter.

For the Brewers, Michael Fiers (2-2, 3.46) returns to the mound in a battle of rookies. So far this year, Fiers has had two great starts, two mediocre ones, and one relief outing. The overall results show him in a favorable light. He has a 2.68 FIP, an 8.31 K/9 and just a 1.38 BB/9, and a 0.69 HR/9. Those are wonderful numbers. His last start, against the Twins, he allowed just one earned run in seven innings while striking out five. He did set a new career high for walks in a game--with two. However, sandwiched between his very first start and that Twins start were two outings where he gave up four runs apiece in a total of eleven innings while getting hit very hard.

Fiers threw a relief inning against the Blue Jays four days ago, when he was scheduled for his between-starts bullpen day. He struck out two men in a perfect inning. It should have little to no effect on his pitching today.

Fiers has not faced a current White Sox hitter.

Lineups:

1. Norichika Aoki (L) RF
2. Carlos Gomez (R) CF
3. Ryan Braun (R) LF
4. Aramis Ramirez (R) DH
5. Corey Hart (R) 1B
6. Rickie Weeks (R) 2B
8. Cody Ransom (R) 3B
9. Cesar Izturis (S) SS
2. Gordon Beckham (R) 2B
3. Adam Dunn (L) 1B
4. Paul Konerko (R) DH
5. Alex Rios (R) RF
7. Dayan Viciedo (R) LF
8. Alexei Ramirez (R) SS
9. Orlando Hudson (S) 3B

In the Bullpen:

Tim Dillard pitched 1 inning (23 pitches) last night.
Jose Veras pitched 1 inning (24 pitches) last night.
Kameron Loe pitched 0.2 innings (18 pitches) last night.

John Axford
pitched 1 inning (11 pitches) Friday.
Francisco Rodriguez and Manny Parra last pitched on Tuesday.
Livan Hernandez last pitched for the Braves on June 10.
Mike McClendon is still with the team!

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