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
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.
|2011 National League Quality Starts|