• Yanks Join “3 In 17″ Club – Need 1 in 13 To Join “4 in 30″ Gang

    Posted by on April 25th, 2009 · Comments (1)

    The Yankees A.J. Burnett allowed 8 earned runs in his start today against the Boston Red Sox. This was the third time that a Yankees starter has allowed 8+ earned runs in a contest this year – with the season just being 17 games old (including today). The other two times were on April 13th and April 18th when Chien-Ming Wang got banged around in his starts.

    Since 1954, how many big league teams, within the first 17 games of their season, have had 3+ games where their starting pitcher was charged with 8+ earned runs? The answer is, besides the 2009 Yankees who just made the list, below:

     Tm  Year Games Link to Individual Games
    +---+----+-----+-------------------------+
     COL 1998     6 Ind. Games
     TBD 2005     3 Ind. Games
     SDP 2006     3 Ind. Games
     MIN 1993     3 Ind. Games
     MIN 2006     3 Ind. Games
     COL 2004     3 Ind. Games
     BOS 1975     3 Ind. Games
    

    So, with the 2009 Yankees added in, this makes it eight times. 

    This leads to the question:  Since 1954, how many big league teams, within the first 30 games of their season, have had 4+ games where their starting pitcher was charged with 8+ earned runs?   Here’s that list:

     Tm  Year Games Link to Individual Games
    +---+----+-----+-------------------------+
     COL 1998     6 Ind. Games
     HOU 2000     5 Ind. Games
     COL 2004     5 Ind. Games
     MIN 2006     4 Ind. Games
     CIN 2003     4 Ind. Games
    

    That’s just 5 teams since 1954.  But, the Yankees still have 13 more games to join this group and make it a Gang of Six…

    Comments on Yanks Join “3 In 17″ Club – Need 1 in 13 To Join “4 in 30″ Gang

    1. toolman
      April 26th, 2009 | 8:40 pm

      Hopefully you will be posting how well our starting staff is doing in June, July, and August…..and all the poor starts in April will be forgiven. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to write off this team when both CC and AJ are solid proven major league winners. Couple that with Andy pitching well and the anxious return of Alex…..I feel pretty good about our chances this year.

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