Another quality start

I’m not a huge fan of the “quality start” stat. However, I feel obligated to continue to update this note for two reasons:

1. It’s so incredibly improbable that a staff featuring Carlos Carrasco, Josh Tomlin, etc would be off to such a great start.

2. The other teams on this list show why the Indians could still finish 15 games under .500

Over the past 25 seasons only three American League teams have had more quality starts than the 2011 Indians through 18 games. Here they are:

Rk Tm Year #Matching
1 CLE 1991 16 Ind. Games
2 CLE 1988 15 Ind. Games
3 BOS 1988 15 Ind. Games
4 LAA 2011 14 Ind. Games
5 CLE 2011 14 Ind. Games
6 CHW 2003 14 Ind. Games
The note itself sounds great, but then you look at the teams it becomes painfully obvious how meaningless it is. The 1991 Indians had quality starts in 16 of their first 18 games and still managed to lose 105 games. The ’88 Tribe didn’t fair much better, losing 84. At least the ’88 Red Sox give us some hope – they made the playoffs before being swept by the A’s.

So while we’re enjoying the fast starts of Tomlin and Carrasco, just remember, they aren’t doing anything that Scott Bailes and Rich Yett┬ádidn’t do before them.