Travis Wood throws his eighth Quality Start

Travis Wood pitched seven scoreless innings last night and the Cubs defeated the Rockies, 9-1.

Wood (4-2) allowed two hits in his major league-leading eighth Quality Start. He’s the first Cubs pitcher since Hippo Vaughn in 1919 to start with eight quality starts. Wood also had two hits and an RBI for Chicago, which has won three straight for the second time this season.

There are a lot Quality Start skeptics out there and I understand it because I used to be one of you.

I’m not any longer simply because I’ve found that pitchers who throw the at least six-inning start with three or fewer runs games are very effective pitchers.

Yes, I too said, “Six innings, 4.50 ERA? That’s a Quality Start?” That’s not great I agree, but as you will see in the chart below, that’s just one game. The pitchers who consistently reach a Quality Start, overall have numbers that far exceed the one game definition.

2013 Quality Starts Leaders

Rk Player QS Tm G GS CG SHO W L W-L% ERA
1 Travis Wood 8 CHC 8 8 0 0 4 2 .667 2.02
2 Adam Wainwright 7 STL 8 8 2 2 5 2 .714 2.30
3 Matt Harvey 7 NYM 8 8 0 0 4 0 1.000 1.44
4 Hisashi Iwakuma 7 SEA 8 8 0 0 4 1 .800 1.74
5 Patrick Corbin 7 ARI 7 7 0 0 5 0 1.000 1.75
6 Clay Buchholz 7 BOS 8 8 0 0 6 0 1.000 1.69
7 James Shields 7 KCR 8 8 1 0 2 3 .400 2.48
8 Anibal Sanchez 7 DET 8 8 0 0 4 3 .571 2.05
9 Chris Sale 7 CHW 8 8 1 1 4 2 .667 2.88
10 Jordan Zimmermann 7 WSN 8 8 2 1 7 1 .875 1.69
11 Felix Hernandez 7 SEA 8 8 0 0 5 2 .714 1.53
12 Kyle Kendrick 7 PHI 8 8 1 1 4 1 .800 2.47
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Generated 5/14/2013.