Mike Pelfrey won his second game yesterday, but it was far from a quality start. In 5.1 innings he gave up 10 hits, walked two, and hit a batter. That gave him a WHIP of 2.25, significantly higher than the National League average of 1.40. WHIP is calculated by adding Walks and Hits Allowed and then dividing that sum by Innings Pitched.
Amazingly, he just gave up two runs though he threw 99 pitches (61 were strikes) or almost 20 an inning. That's a lot of pitches.
Pelfrey had an interesting response when asked about his performance. He told the New York Daily News: "Anytime you give up 10 hits and only two runs, luck's gotta be involved a little."
In the 11 games Pelfrey's started this season, he's had just three quality starts (27%). In comparison, Tom Glavine has 21 quality starts in 29 starts (72%), El Duque 17 in 23 (74%), John Maine 15 in 28 (54%), and Oliver Perez 14 in 25 (56%).
When Pelfrey fails to notch a quality start he places an extra burden upon the bullpen. Luckily, last night, the bullpen did their job, limiting the Astros to three hits and a run over the final 3.2 innings.