Quality Starts are a good sign

I guess this isn’t the best time to bring this up, following two rough outings by the staff, but I thought it was worth passing along.

The Indians have 26 quality starts through 36 games, tied for the 3rd longest streak of the wild card era. Excluding the 2011 Phillies (27 quality starts so far) each of the four teams with 26 or more won at least 85 games.

The bad news is that only the 2010 Rays made the playoffs, but I’m fine with that for two reasons. One, 85 wins just might get the job done in the AL Central this year. And two, even if we don’t make the playoffs 85 wins is about 20 more than I expected.

It’s obviously not a guarantee, but we’re getting deep enough into the season where we have to start taking this staff seriously.

[bonus note: the last Indians team that had more than 26 QS through 36 games was the 1968 staff led by Sam McDowell and Luis Tiant.]

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2 Consecutive Quality Starts to Begin Career

Alex White has given the Tribe two consecutive quality starts in his first two career games – just the 7th Indians pitcher in the last 90 years to accomplish that feat. Only Mudcat Grant was able to extend the streak beyond two.

Strk Start ▾ End Games W L IP H ER ERA
Alex White 2011-04-30 2011-05-07 2 1 0 12.0 13 5 3.75
Scott Lewis 2008-09-10 2008-09-15 2 2 0 14.0 6 0 0.00
Brian Tallet 2002-09-16 2002-09-25 2 1 0 12.0 9 2 1.50
Luis Tiant 1964-07-19 1964-07-24 2 2 0 18.0 10 1 0.50
Mudcat Grant 1958-04-17 1958-05-02 4 3 0 34.0 21 7 1.85
Ed Klieman 1943-09-24 1944-04-23 2 0 2 16.0 13 4 2.25
Joe Dawson 1924-07-04 1924-07-09 2 1 0 16.0 14 4 2.25
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Generated 5/8/2011.

10 career wins for Tomlin

Josh Tomlin has 10 wins through his first 17 career games (all starts) – the most by a Tribe pitcher in the last 90 years.

His 10 wins in 17 games surpasses the mark previously shared by Jaret Wright and Luis Tiant. Only five others have had as many as eight wins in their fist 17 career games.

Player #Matching ▾ W L W-L% ERA GS IP ER WHIP
Josh Tomlin 17 Ind. Games 10 4 .714 3.91 17 106.0 46 1.14
Luis Tiant 17 Ind. Games 9 4 .692 3.13 14 112.0 39 1.16
Jaret Wright 17 Ind. Games 9 3 .750 4.53 17 95.1 48 1.30
Herb Score 17 Ind. Games 8 6 .571 3.08 16 120.0 41 1.41
Gene Bearden 17 Ind. Games 8 3 .727 2.79 13 100.0 31 1.34
John Farrell 17 Ind. Games 8 3 .727 3.00 16 123.0 41 1.20
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Generated 5/3/2011.

Tomlin joins Masterson at 3-0

Josh Tomlin picked up the win on Saturday, joining Justin Masterson at 3-0.

Masterson and Tomlin are the first pair of Indians starters with three wins the teams first 14 games since Rick Sutcliffe and Bert Blyleven in 1984. Pryor to ’84, you have to go back to Milt Wilcox and Gaylord Perry in 1972.

Making their hot start more impressive is the fact that they’re doing it at such a young age. Tomlin and Masterson, both 26, join CC Sabathia (2007) and Bartolo Colon (1999) as the only Tribe pitchers to win three games in the team’s first 14 games while under the age of 27. And since 1920, the only other pair to accomplish the feat was Sam McDowell and Luis Tiant in 1966.