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We have a lack of depth of starting pitchers, as you probably know. The quality start percentage statistics below illustrate it very well. A quality start is defined by pitching 6 innings (or more) and allowing 3 runs (or less). Pitching statistics John Smoltz: 15 quality starts in 21 starts 71% Quality Start percentage Horacio Ramirez: 6/10 60% Chuck James: 2/4 50% Tim Hudson: 7/21 33% Jorge Sosa: 4/13 31% John Thomson: 4/15 27% Kyle Davies: 2/8 25% Lance Cormier, Travis Smith, Jason Shiell: 0/4 0% The Braves as a team have 40 quality starts out of 96 starts, a rate of about 42% of the time. Here's how it compares to everyone else: LAA: 60% (Best individual pitcher is John Lackey at 70 among qualifiers for the ERA title) Detroit: 59 (Justin Verlander 74) Florida: 54 (Josh Johnson 64) SDP: 54 (Chris Young 63) Colorado: 53 (Jason Jennings 65) Cincinnati: 53 (Bronson Arroyo 71) Arizona: 52 (Brandon Webb 86) Houston: 52 (Roy Oswalt 74) Seattle: 52 (Jamie Moyer 65) Boston: 51 (Curt Schilling 71) ChiSox: 51 (Jose Contreras 67) LAD: 51 (Brad Penny 60) NYM: 51 (Pedro Martinez 69) SFG: 51 (Jason Schmidt 60) Milwaukee: 49 (Chris Capuano 86) St. Louis: 49 (Chris Carpenter 63) Minnesota: 47 (Francisco Liriano 75) NYY: 47 (Mike Mussina 76) Texas: 47 (Vicente Padilla 65) Cleveland: 46 (Paul Byrd 58) Oakland: 46 (Barry Zito 67) Washington: 44 (Livan Hernandez 48) Atlanta: 42 (John Smoltz 71) ChiCubs: 42 (Carlos Zambrano 71) Philly: 41 (Brett Myers 71) Pittsburgh: 41 (Paul Maholm 50) TBDR: 40 (Scott Kazmir 45) Toronto: 36 (Ted Lilly 58) Baltimore: 35 (Erik Bedard 60) KC: 26 (Scott Elarton 30) The Braves are only ahead of Baltimore, Kansas City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, and Toronto in QSP (and are tied with the Cubs). If the Braves are going to make the playoffs, the starters are going to have to do a better job of keeping the game close, or acquire another starter in a trade. It's not just the bullpen that's just screwing us up.

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