Quin­tana knows ex­pec­ta­tions

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL -

BAL­TI­MORE — Jose Quin­tana didn’t have to travel far when he was traded from the Chicago White Sox to the Cubs.

How­ever, he un­der­stands the ex­pec­ta­tions are worlds apart.

En­ter­ing Fri­day, the Cubs (43-45) trailed Mil­wau­kee by 5½ games in the Na­tional League Cen­tral. The Cubs be­lieve Quin­tana, an All-Star last sea­son, can help get them back on track as they try to de­fend their World Se­ries ti­tle, which ended 108 years of frus­tra­tion last fall.

“I said one day I want to be here,” said Quin­tana, who will make his Cubs de­but Sun­day against the Ori­oles at Cam­den Yards. “I’m so ex­cited to be here with this team. Hope­fully, I’ll have a chance this year. I just want to help this team and do my job.”

Quin­tana is also look­ing to put a dif­fi­cult first half of the sea­son be­hind him. He was 4-8 with a 4.49 ERA in 18 starts for the White Sox this year. In 2016, he won a ca­reer-high 13 games with a 3.20 ERA.

“I’m not sur­prised that they moved me, but I didn’t know where I’d go,” Quin­tana said. “I’m so happy I moved to the other side of the city and stayed in Chicago. I’m re­ally happy. I think it was the best sit­u­a­tion for me.”

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