Nonquality Starts
by Ken Arneson
2006-04-13 14:24

Meet Bob. Bob links to Rob. Rob talks about quality starts. Meet Ken. Ken agrees with Rob: the “quality start” is a pretty good stat. It’s not perfect, by any means, but it does explain things sometimes.

It certainly explains why the A’s just got swept in Minnesota. The A’s didn’t get anything even resembling a quality start against the Twins.

Last year, the A’s quality start percentage nearly matched their winning percentage: they got 90 quality starts, and won 88 games.

This year, the A’s only have three quality starts out of ten. They’re 3-0 in their games with quality starts, and 2-5 without them.

I certainly expect the A’s to get a lot closer to the 55% quality start percentage they had last year than the 30% they’ve put up in 2006. So while falling back to .500 is disheartening, there’s no reason to panic about a 10-game stretch of .500 ball. These things happen. The pitching will come around, and things will get better.

Comments: 3
1.   LatNam
2006-04-14 08:07

1.  LatNam is a Braves fan.

LatNam sees that without Leo Mazzonne the Braves don't have a quality start all year.

LatNam misses Leo.

Basically, Ken, what I'm saying is, I feel your pain.

2.   mikeplugh
2006-04-15 05:27

3.  Hmmm....looks like this thing has legs. Like a spider! Look at the Yankees and the Red Sox this year....talk about a tale of two teams' quality starts....

I wrote about it at www.canyonofheroes.com, but far less eloquently than you did. I also need to pick up the quality start as a regular point of analysis. My thinking was dancing around the issue, but you hit it head on.

What a team gotta do to get a quality start these days?

3.   Ken Arneson
2006-04-15 09:54

4.  I haven't looked it up, but I would guess there are fewer quality starts in April than in any other month, just because the pitchers aren't quite stretched out yet, have less stamina, and have lower pitch count maximums.

Except for one start by Rich Harden, where he ran out of gas after 5 2/3, the non-quality starts by the A's this year have simply been due to bad pitching.

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