This article is part of our Collette Calls series.
I wrote Jose Quintana's player capsule this year for the site and said the following:
Quintana's strikeout, walk and home-run rates worsened in 2018, yet his ERA came in a few points better thanks to him stranding more runners. The numbers could have been better had Joe Maddon exercised a quicker hook, as Quintana struggled mightily after two times through the lineup. Quintana's ERA went from 2.97 to 3.59 to 7.15 with each trip through a lineup. His home/road splits were rather neutral, but there does appear to be some gains to be made if Maddon goes to the bullpen a batter early rather than one too late in 2019. The Cubs exercised their contract option on Quintana to bring him back, so they too see something better here. If Quintana can cut the walks down and get the homers back in line, there will be some profit to be made. He has been a model of health and has not missed a start in seven seasons, but he is not throwing 200 innings any longer and his 174.1 innings could be cut down to 160 with better utilization.
Quintana is off to an overall strong start to the season, so let's dive in to see what is different in 2019 from last year.
Time Through The Order Troubles
Quintana had an extremely fortunate TTOP split in 2017 compared to other years, but 2018 was about as unlucky as it could get for him. Manager Joe Maddon appears to