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A. Cavatica
05-05-2005, 12:06 AM
There's a statistic called 'game score' that attempts to reduce each start to a single number. It's crude but it's fun. It gives credit for innings pitched & strikeouts, deducts for hits & walks & earned runs, and is weighted so a typical "quality start" comes in around 50.

For example, Garcia's outing tonight (6.1 8 2 2 2 4) scored 51.

A score around 40 still gives you a decent chance to win. For example, Garcia's start against Seattle (7 9 5 5 2 2) scored 39.

Anyway, according to game scores, our starters are simply amazing. Each starters is averaging better than 50, and each starter has been consistent. We've had only two bad starts so far (Buehrle 6 11 7 7 3 2 and Hernandez 5 8 6 4 4 1), and we were in both those games. And good starts (> 60)? We've had 12 of those.

Garland: 41, 66, 70, 81, 84 (average: 68)
Garcia: 57, 72, 39, 64, 67, 51 (average: 58)
Buehrle: 82, 42, 88, 56, 21, 54 (average: 57)
Contreras: 62, 46, 40, 59, 65 (average: 54)
Hernandez: 66, 28, 54, 52, 53 (average: 51)

MIgrenade
05-05-2005, 12:09 AM
From this they calculate the best pitched games. Buehrle and Garland I believe have two in the top ten this season.

MRKARNO
05-05-2005, 12:18 AM
The real shock is that Contreras hasnt had one below 40 yet.

MUsoxfan
05-05-2005, 12:19 AM
The real shock is that Contreras hasnt had one below 40 yet.

The real shock is that Buehrle is in the middle of the pack

AJPosguchi
05-05-2005, 12:34 AM
From this they calculate the best pitched games. Buehrle and Garland I believe have two in the top ten this season.

More accurately, both Buehrle (#2 & #4) and Garland (#3 & #6) each have two, for a total of four Sox top ten best pitched games!

A. Cavatica
05-21-2005, 08:49 PM
Here are the game scores earned since last time:

Garland: 28, 61, 61 (season average: 62)
Buehrle: 50, 64, 62 (season average: 58)
Contreras: 75, 39, 44, 68 (season average: 55)
Garcia: 43, 28, 67 (season average: 54)
Hernandez: 54, 59, 18 (season average: 48)

The pace has slackened a bit, but the starters are still coming up with two good outings for every poor one. Buehrle and Contreras both raised their averages, Buehrle by being consistent and Contreras by throwing two excellent games and two not-so-good ones.

Hernandez was averaging 52 before his last start, which was easily the worst performance by a Sox starting pitcher this season (2.2 IP, 6 ER, 7 H, 1 BB, 4 SO). That outing is explained by the tired shoulder. Tomorrow, we should be able to add the following to the list:

McCarthy: 77

Ol' No. 2
05-21-2005, 08:51 PM
The real shock is that Buehrle is in the middle of the packGamescores put a heavy weight on strikeouts (big flaw IMO). Mark is not a big strikeout pitcher.