Dodgers Starting Pitching Has Been Getting The Job Done

While the story of last night's game was the Dodgers' offense finally breaking out for a high-scoring game, their first one in over two weeks, Ted Lilly allowed two runs in six innings to get the win. It was another strong performance by a Dodger starting pitcher of late.

From April 12-16, the Dodgers lost five straight games and had five straight bad starts, one turn through the rotation, with each pitcher allowing at least four runs. To that point in the season, the Dodgers were 6-9 and their starters weren't doing so well. However, since then, beginning with Chad Billingsley's eight scoreless innings against the Cardinals on April 17, the starting pitching has been superb.

Mar 31 - Apr 16 15 6-9 83.2 5.58 6 97 48 47 23 69 5.06 4.42 1.434
Apr 17 - May 10    
22 11-11 145.0 6.59 17 127 53 51 46 114 3.17 3.57 1.195

The Dodgers have had 17 quality starts (six or more innings, giving up three or fewer earned runs) in their last 22 games. However, thanks to the Dodgers' lack of offense -- three runs or less in 11 of their last 22 games -- the Dodgers have won just 10 of those 17 games, a .588 winning percentage. On the season, National League teams have a .669 winning percentage this season when their starters pitch a quality start.

Among National League teams, only the Braves and Phillies have more quality starts on the season than the Dodgers. Here's a look at each team in the NL and their quality starts:

2011 National League Quality Starts
Team QS W-L Pct
Cincinnati 19 15-4 .789
Philadelphia 26 20-6 .769
Atlanta 24 18-6 .750
Chicago 12 9-3 .750
Houston 16 11-5 .688
Pittsburgh 19 13-6 .684
San Francisco      19 13-6 .684
St. Louis 21 14-7 .667
Dodgers 23 15-8 .652
Washington 20 13-7 .650
Florida 19 12-7 .632
New York 16 10-6 .625
Colorado 18 11-7 .611
Milwaukee 20 12-8 .600
Arizona 17 10-7 .588
San Diego 22 12-10 .545
NL Totals 311 208-103 .669
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