If a pitcher pitches six innings and gives up three or fewer earned runs he is credited with a quality start. Never mind that three earned runs in six innings computes to a 4.50 earned run average; that’s a quality start.Now Rob Neyer already responded to this in typical Neyer fashion, and I'm sure you already read it, but Chass got me wondering how the Royals fared in such games. Last year KC had 9 games where their starting pitcher went exactly 6 innings and gave up exactly 3 earned runs, their record in those games was 8-1. In all of their quality starts KC had a 47-24 record but it's the 6/3 starts that fascinate me. As a franchise KC typically hasn't done well in these games, they are 87-99 overall but are 15-5 since 2008.
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