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Qualls, More Than An Inning

Friday night, when Chad Qualls came out for his second inning, I wrote something like, "I don't know how I feel about this," thinking that I remembered some kind of pattern where Qualls was ineffective in his second inning.

And then when he gave up back-to-back homers to two guys who had yet to homer on the year, well, the perfect crystalline thought was sealed in amber for me:

Chad Qualls is obviously no good in multi-inning situations.

Except, now that I look at it, that's not even remotely true.

Chad Qualls When Pitching More Than 1 Inning
(Includes Playoffs)
Overall 2.12 0.75
2007 1.29 0.43
2006 2.09 0.71
2005 2.26 0.71
2004 2.03 0.45

The numbers do not include his meltdown vs. Encarnacion and Bennett.

Now Garner is never gonna ask Qualls to come out for a second inning when Chad had sucked in the first one, so the sample is, I guess preselected is what you call it, but nevertheless, Qualls' numbers in his second inning (and beyond) of work, overall and consistently, year by year, are quite a bit better than his career 3.63 ERA and 1.21 WHIP.

I guess it proves the old adage about the sinkerballer getting better with more use.

Just thought you might like to know.