Here's the deal:
Quintana is a PRO. If he can keep up a consistent level of strong pitching, this staff will lead the team to the playoffs. PERIOD.
Sale, Quintana, and Peavy can hold a game tight for the offense.
If Danks can return as Danks, this turns into a team of pitching.
The offense can just bang out a couple of homers and win. It sucks to have an offense built in such ways, but whatever.
Quintana looks like the goods. If he retains that excellence, this team will compete. They NEED three starters capable of being dominant on any given night because the offense is not that great. Two won't get it. Three will.
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