New Pitching Stat Quality Appearance
I suggest adding a Quality Appearance (QA) stat for pitchers. Fantrax has this stat, and in a nutshell, the stat rewards a pitcher one point every time they reach 2 innings while keeping a 4.50 ERA intact through their appearance. It gives long relievers a chance at earning some value and solves the issue of a dominant 5.2 IP start not resulting in a QS. At least now that 5.2 IP pitcher earns 2 QA points. It also rewards a pitcher who goes deeper into the game – an 8IP start that has an era 4.50 or under gets 4 QA points. We think this solves most of the concerns with SP in today’s MLB vs. fantasy landscape. A note on IP – we’ve used IP in addition to QS over the past few years but IP as a category leads to SP hoarding and Sunday waiver streaming.