Leave early.

If any of you are following the Game Scores for starting pitchers through the Start Log (or anywhere else), one of the problems you may have noticed is that the stat is pretty useless when a pitcher leaves a start early due to rain or an injury. Here, for example, is a comparison of Kendrick’s Game Score from yesterday and from his April 26 start against the Pirates in Pittsburgh:


Date

Opp

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

GS
5/18/08 TOR 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 53
4/26/08 PIT 7.0 7 4 3 0 2 51

Kendrick rather clearly pitched better on April 26, but has a better Game Score for yesterday’s game.

Using Game Score as the measure, yesterday’s outing was Kendrick’s second best start of the year.