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Stop underrating Jose Quintana

Wednesday's Say Hey, Baseball includes the quiet greatness of Jose Quintana, Trayce Thompson's magic homer, and the best offseasons in baseball.

Boston Red Sox v Chicago White Sox Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

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Jose Quintana has quietly been one of baseball's better pitchers since 2012, when the then-23-year-old debuted for the White Sox and threw 136 well above-average innings. He now has 781 big league frames behind him, a career ERA of 3.36, and a 118 ERA+ in that stretch. Since 2013, Quintana has a better ERA+ than Cole Hamels, John Lackey, Lance Lynn, James Shields, Dallas Keuchel, Hisashi Iwakuma, and far, far more. He's thrown at least 200 innings in each of the last three seasons, and has averaged over 6 1/3 innings per start to begin 2016, which over a full year, would give him another campaign with at least 200.

He is great, and no one outside the South Side seems to notice. Part of this is the presence of teammate Chris Sale, who is in the discussion for greatest active pitcher who isn't Clayton Kershaw. Another part is that Quintana is on the White Sox, who have exactly one winning season during his career and spent a very productive offseason being overshadowed by the crosstown Cubs. The White Sox are currently 19-8 and in first place -- like their North Side cousins -- in the AL Central, though, and they can thank Quintana for much of that. Most recently, their victory on Tuesday: the lefty held a fellow first-place team, the Red Sox, to four hits and one run over eight innings.

If you aren't paying attention to Quintana (or the White Sox) yet, then it's time to change that. He's great, and the White Sox have him signed through 2020 thanks to a team-friendly extension that's an even cheaper version of Sale's ridiculous deal. If the White Sox keep playing as they have, you're going to hear a lot more about Quintana than you ever have before. And if Quintana keeps pitching like he has, then the White Sox will keep winning.