Games played to date (thru 10/12/11): 28. Total Quality Starts Thrown: 18 (3 in LCS games, all by the Tigers)
Games with 2 pitchers with a quality starts: 4
Record when only 1 pitcher has a quality start: 8-2 (1-2 in LCS games)
In the NLDS, the Cardinals had 3 quality start (2-1) in 5 games. The Brewers had 2 quality starts, both wins in their 5 game NLDS series.
Game 1: Brewers 9 – Cardinals 6.
Neither Zach Greinke or and Jaime Garcia pitched a quality start. Greinke left the game after 6 innings, allowing 7 runs. Garcia struggled, allowing 6 runs in only 4 innings. The Brewers continue their hot play at home and take a 1-0 lead in the series.
Game 2: Cardinals 12 – Brewers 3
A mid-season acquisition, Edwin Jackson started for the Cards to a game 2 victory, but he did not make the quality start minimum (only 4 1/3 innings pitched). Brewers starter Shaun Marcum struggled in his second straight post-season start. The Cardinals upset the Brewers in Milwaukee to even the series as it heads back to St. Louis.
Game 3: Cardinals 4 – Brewers 3
Both starters, Chris Carpenter and Yovani Gallardo, struggled early in the game and both only pitched 5 innings. The Cardinals scored all 4 of their runs in the first inning off Gallardo. So after a combined 5 quality starts by these two teams in the NLDS round, after 3 games and 6 starts, there have been zero quality starts in the NLCS. Only game 1 starter Zach Greinke has even made it into the 6th inning.
NLCS QUALITY START SUMMARY
Cardinals: 0 quality starts
Brewers: 0 quality starts
In the ALDS, the Rangers had only 1 quality start (1-0) in 4 games. The Tigers also had only 1 QS (1-0) in 5 games.
Game 1: Rangers 3 – Tigers 2.
Neither Justin Verlander and C.J. Wilson pitched a quality start. Verlander left the game after 4 innings, allowing 3 runs. Wilson fared only slightly better, lasting 4 2/3 innings and giving up 2 runs. The bullpens did there job quite well, as that was the end of the scoring.
Game 2: Rangers 7 – Tigers 3 (11)
Courtesy of 2 late Nelson Cruz home runs, the Rangers beat the Tigers. This win is notable from a quality start stat standpoint, as it marks the first time in the post-season when the team that opposed the only pitcher who earned a quality start in the game has won. So, Max Scherzer of the Tigers pitched 6 innings, allowing only 3 runs – and the Tigers lost. Derek Holland struggled and did not make it through the 3rd inning.
Game 3: Tigers 5 – Rangers 2
Doug Fister pitched an effective 7 1/3 innings, giving up only 2 runs, as the Tigers won at home. First quality start of the post-season for Fister and the third for the Tigers in 8 games. For the Rangers, Colby Lewis pitched 5 2/3 innings and gave up 4 runs. Rangers lead the series 2-1, despite not having a quality start yet . The Rangers only have 1 quality start in 7 games, but have a 5-2 record overall.
Game 4: Rangers 7 – Tigers 3 (11)
Just like game 2 of this series, the Rangers scored 4 in the 11th to win, and again Nelson Cruz hit an 11th inning home run. Deja vu all over again. As for the pitching, the Rangers’ Matt Harrison threw 5 innings, giving up 2 runs. It was another great effort by the Rangers bullpen (6 IP, 1 run), continuing an outstanding series. The Tigers starter, Rick Porcello, had a quality start (6 IP, 2 ER). This is the 2nd time in this series that the Tigers have had a quality start, the Rangers have not had a quality start, and yet the Rangers won the game. This is bucking the trend set in the Division Series, when teams with quality starts (and none by the opposition) went 7-0. This was the 3rd straight quality start by the Tigers.
ALCS QUALITY START SUMMARY
Tigers: 3 quality starts (1-2)
Rangers: 0 quality starts
Here is a quick look at Quality starts and Game 5s in this year’s post-season.
Teams with Quality Starts in Game 5: 2-2
So far in this year’s playoffs, teams with Quality Starts: 11 wins – 4 losses. Teams are 7-0 when their pitcher throws a quality start and the opposing pitcher does not. There were 19 games in this round, so 38 starters in total.
There were 15 quality starts in 38 starts (39.5%). Obviously, pitching a quality start for your team in a game when the other team did not get a quality start was critical (7 wins in 7 games). 11 out of the 19 wins came in quality start pitched games (58%).
Both pitchers, Ian Kennedy and Yovani Gallardo, both threw quality starts. It was Gallardo’s second of the series. Kennedy allowed 2 runs in his 6 innings, while Gallardo allowed only 1 in 6 innings. The D-backs rallied in the 9th to tie the game at 2, but the Brewers scored in the 10th to win game 5 and the series.
Recap: Both teams ended up with 2 quality starts. The Brewers won both of theirs (again, both by Gallardo). The D-backs went 1-1, but won the quality start that occurred when the Brewers did not get one by their pitcher.
Phillies @ Cardinals (Friday)
Chris Carpenter. WOW. Complete game shutout in a winner-take-all game. Quite the comeback after his game 1 disaster. Doc alladay was beaten in this one, but he pitched well, 8 innings with only 1 run allowed. Both of Halladay‘s start in this series were quality starts.
Recap: Both teams have 3 quality starts in this series. The Phillies have won the first 2 of theirs, losing in Game 5 when both teams had quality starts. The Cards went 2-1. The Cardinals’ quality start loss was in game 3, when both teams had a quality start.
Here is a quick look at Quality starts and Game 4s in this year’s post-season.
Teams with Quality Starts in Game 4: 1-0
So far in this year’s playoffs, teams with Quality Starts: 9 wins – 2 losses. Teams are 2-0 when their pitcher throws a quality start and the opposing pitcher does not.
Neither Rangers’ Matt Harrison and Rays’ Jeremy Hellickson could make it to the sixth inning. Harrison pitched 5 innings, allowing 2 earned runs. Hellickson gave up 3 runs in 4 innings before handing it over to the bullpen. The Rangers squeaked out a 5-4 road win and take the series 3 games to 1.
Recap: The Rangers won the series with only 1 quality start (1-0). The Rays have had 2 quality starts, both by lefties (1-1).
Yankees @ Tigers (Tuesday)
Rick Porcello (4 runs in 6 innings) and A.J. Burnett (1 run in 5 2/3 innings) both failed to reach the quality start barrier. The Yankees won 10-1 to tie the series at 2 and send everyone back to New York.
Recap: Tigers’ pitchers have thrown 1 quality start in the series (1-0). The only ‘quality start’ by the Yankees was by Ivan Nova in Game 1 (1-0).
Brewers @ Diamondbacks (Wednesday)
Both starters, Brewer Randy Wolf and Diamondback Joe Saunders, only pitched 3 innings in this 10-6 Arizona win to even the series and send it back to Milwaukee for game 5.
Recap: Both teams have won their only quality start in the series, the Brewers in Game 1 and the D-backs in Game 3.
Phillies @ Cardinals (Wednesday)
Cardinals pitcher Edwin Jackson won the game and earned a quality start, going 6 innings allowing only 2 runs. Philllies starter Roy Oswalt also went 6 innings, but allowed 5 runs. The series is even at 2 games apiece, heading back to Philly for game 5.
Recap: Both teams have 2 quality starts in this series. The Phillies have won both of theirs, while the Cards are 1-1. The Cardinals’ quality start loss was in game 3, when both teams had a quality start.
Here is a quick look at Quality starts and Game 3s in this year’s post-season.
Teams with Quality Starts in Game 3: 3-2 (both pitchers in Rays/Rangers game 3 and both in Cards/Phillies Game 3)
So far in this year’s playoffs, teams with Quality Starts: 8 wins – 2 losses. Teams are 7-0 when their pitcher throws a quality start and the opposing pitcher does not.
Rays @ Rangers (Monday)
Colby Lewis of the Rangers allowed 1 run over 6 innings to lead the Rangers to a road win. The Rays’ David Price tossed 6 2/3 IP, allowing 3 runs. Rangers win 4-3 and lead the series 2-1.
Recap: This was the Rangers first quality start in the series (1-0). The Rays have had 2 quality starts, both by lefties (1-1).
Tigers @ Yankees (Monday)
The rematch of the game 1 false start. Interesting quality start situation here – Justin Verlander of the Tigers took the mound in the top of the 7th inning with a 4-2 lead over the Yankees, meeting the quality start criteria. Then in the eighth, the Yankees scored two runs off of Verlander. So he leaves the game after 8 IP, allowing 4 ER, and thus no quality start. But his team still rallies in the 8th to break the tie, win the game and take a 2-1 series lead. On the other side, C.C. Sabathia pitched 5 1/3 innings and gave up 4 earned runs. Tigers win 5-4.
Recap: The Tigers won their only quality start in the series (Game 2). The Game 1 relief ‘quality start’ by Ivan Nova was the only quality start for the Yankees in the series (1-0).
In the last game on Tuesday, Arizona’s Josh Collmenter was handed an early lead by his offense and cruised through 7 innings, giving up only 2 hits and 1 run. The Brewers’ Shaun Marcum did not do as well, in his 4 2/3 innings pitched he was knocked for 7 runs. Game 3 goes to the Diamondbacks by a score of 8-1, though they trail in the series 2-1.
Recap: The Brewers got their only quality start to date in the series in game 1 (1-0). Collmenter, a rookie, had the first quality start of the series for Arizona (1-0).
Cardinals @ Phillies (Tuesday)
Both starters gave quality starts in this matchup. The Phillies’ Cole Hamels tossed 6 scoreless innings. The Cards Jaime Garcia gave up 3 runs in the 7th, his last on the mound, and lost the game 3-1. Phillies lead 2-1.
Recap: The Phillies have 2 quality starts and are 2-0 in those games. The Cards only have this quality start from Garcia, but he was outdone by Hamels (0-1).