Another week has passed in the MLB and one of the most amazing Quality Start No Decision performances ever from a pitcher… errr… PITCHERS took place, which can only help to bolster my case that fantasy baseball websites should find a way to reward a pitcher quality start that results in a loss or no decision.
Last Wednesday, against the San Francisco Giants, Cliff Lee tossed 10 innings of no-run ball. Lee also struck out seven Giants. Nearly as impressive, Giants starting pitcher, Matt Cain, struck out four in nine innings of no-run ball. Ultimately, the Giants won the game 1-0 in 11 innings.
How did I miss this game?!
MLB Quality Starts & Quality Starts Plus Stats
For the Season
April 16 – 22
March 28 - April 15
|Total Number of MLB Starts||482||202||280|
|Total Number of Quality Starts||240||110||130|
|Percent of MLB Starts as Quality Starts||49.79%||54.46%||46.43%|
|Total Quality Starts as Wins||127||56||71|
|Percent of Quality Starts as Wins||52.92%||50.91%||54.62%|
|Percent of MLB Starts as Quality Start Wins||26.35%||27.72%||25.36%|
|Total Quality Starts as Loss or No Decision||113||54||59|
|Percent of Quality Starts as Loss or No Decision||47.08%||49.09%||45.38%|
|Total Quality Starts Plus (QS+)||212||95||117|
|Percent of MLB Starts as QS+||43.98%||47.03%||41.79%|
|Percent of QS+ as Wins||55.66%||70.53%||57.26%|
|Percent of QS+ as Loss or No Decision||44.34%||29.47%||42.74%|
|Percent of Quality Starts NOT QS+||11.67%||13.64%||10.00%|
The second installment of this article shows some very interesting stats.
As expected, Percent of Quality Starts NOT QS+ is a few points higher, and the percentage of QS+ as wins took a jump.
As well, MLB pitchers got even better the past week, taking 47% of all starts at least 6 innings with 2 or less earned runs or 7 innings with at least 3 or less earned runs.
Also expected, the gap between the percentage of a standard Quality Start as a win and the percentage of QS+ as a win widened considerably. From 3/28 -4/15, there was not much difference between the percentage of QS+ as a win and QS as wins, with only a 2.64% difference. In the past week, the QS+ received a win more than 70% of the time, compared to 51% of the standard QS.
On the season, 11.67% of all QS are NOT QS+ and 47.08% of all quality starts result in a Loss or No Decision.