Jose Quintana Joins Team “Try Not To Suck in the 2nd Half”

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The #Cubs won’t get to show off new pitcher Jose Quintana just yet, but they are back in action against the #Orioles Friday and looking to get on track following a disappointing open to the season. The World Champs hope Quintana, acquired from the White Sox in a blockbuster trade Thursday, can aid their struggling rotation, but first it will turn to Mike Montgomery (1-6, 3.75) against the O’s. The Cubs are 43-45, well behind their 53-35 mark through 88 games last season.

 One year after their starting pitchers led baseball with a 2.96 ERA, practically the same group is getting lit up to the tune of a 4.66 ERA, good for 17th in the game. Fastball velocities down, command off, they look like a bootleg version of themselves. Quintana makes the Cubs’ rotation better, yes, but one starter alone cannot solve problems that have festered going on four months.

Jose Quintana is owed around $3.2 million the rest of this season, $8.85 million next season and $10.5 million for each of the two after that, should the Cubs pick up the options for those years. The Arizona Diamondbacks pay Zack Greinke more for a single season than the Cubs will for 3½ of Quintana

The 2nd annual “Try Not to Suck Celebrity Golf Classic” will take place July 31 at Bryn Mawr Country Club in Lincolnwood, six miles from Wrigley Field. Joe Maddon will greet foursomes, pose for pictures and hit drives off the No. 1 tee in the scramble format. Plenty of former and current Cubs are expected to attend, with hopes that celebrity fans Bill Murray and Eddie Vedder will join the festivities as well.

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