• Counting Pitchers

    Posted by on July 29th, 2005 · Comments (3)

    To date, the Yankees have used 24 pitchers this season, and 12 different men have started games for them. When Shawn Chacón joins the team, it will become 25 and 13. I was curious as to what the recent past looked like, in terms of pitchers used/different men to start (for New York). Here’s the results – with 2005 being to date, and assuming that Chacón takes his turn tomorrow:

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    As you can see, during the recent Yankees post-season streak, this season will be the high mark for number of different men to start a game. And, the Yankees have never used as many “pitchers” in a season during this run as they have used this year to date. (I say “pitchers” because these counts include times when position players took toe to the rubber. If you exclude those times – like Mike Aldrete in ’96 and Wade Boggs in ’97 – then some of the numbers in the past go down.)

    Clearly, the Yankees steadiest rotations here were the teams of 1997-98-99 and 2001-02-03. And, statistically speaking, this makes sense as the best Yankees pitching staffs in ‘the run’ have been from the teams of 1997, 1998, 2001 and 2002. And, before this season, the worst Yankees pitching staff in ‘the run’ was the team from last year.

    What does this all say? I think it means that, if the Yankees are to make it to the post-season this year, it will be up to a turnaround in their pitching, or the bats just bashing away like mad to make up for the hurting hurlers.

    Comments on Counting Pitchers

    1. Raf
      July 29th, 2005 | 11:49 am

      This year’s theme’s quantity over quality… Feels like 1989 all over again

    2. July 29th, 2005 | 12:01 pm

      16 starters used in 1989.
      They might match that soon.

    3. philly phil
      July 29th, 2005 | 1:45 pm

      the only silver lining is that part of the reason for the large # of SP is due to injury and not only due to performance

      4 of the 5 opening day starters, and one replacement starter have missed starts.

      So- figure if someone has to replace those 5 injured- that brings you to 11 (5 plus 5 plus Mussina)…so the last two and any subsequent starters are attributed to poor pitching.

      Nomo will make 14
      Redman will be #15
      Depaula will be #16

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