• 2010 Yankees Starting Pitchers – Dipsy Doodles?

    Posted by on December 27th, 2009 · Comments (3)

    Last season, A.J. Burnett, Joba Chamberlain, Andy Pettitte and CC Sabathia became just the 3rd quartet of Yankees pitchers to have 130+ strikeouts in the same season. Here’s the complete list of those to pull this trick for the Yankees – along with those teams that just missed by having a 4th pitcher with 130+ Ks:

    Rk Year Tm #Matching  
    1 2009 New York Yankees 4 A.J. Burnett / Joba Chamberlain / Andy Pettitte / C.C. Sabathia
    2 1999 New York Yankees 4 Roger Clemens / David Cone / Orlando Hernandez / Hideki Irabu
    3 1998 New York Yankees 4 David Cone / Orlando Hernandez / Andy Pettitte / David Wells
    4 2003 New York Yankees 3 Roger Clemens / Mike Mussina / Andy Pettitte
    5 2002 New York Yankees 3 Roger Clemens / Mike Mussina / David Wells
    6 2001 New York Yankees 3 Roger Clemens / Mike Mussina / Andy Pettitte
    7 1997 New York Yankees 3 David Cone / Andy Pettitte / David Wells
    8 1975 New York Yankees 3 Catfish Hunter / Rudy May / Doc Medich
    9 1965 New York Yankees 3 Al Downing / Whitey Ford / Mel Stottlemyre
    10 1963 New York Yankees 3 Jim Bouton / Al Downing / Whitey Ford
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 12/27/2009.

     

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    It will be interesting to see, in 2010, if the addition of Javy Vazquez to the Yankees rotation – and assuming that Chamberlain remains in the rotation – if the Yankees will have 5 pitchers with 130+ strikeouts in the same season.

    In the history of baseball, since 1901, there have only been 7 teams with 5 pitchers with 130+ K’s in the same year. They were the 1966 Cleveland Indians, 1968 Houston Astros, 1988 New York Mets, 1998 Atlanta Braves, 2003 Los Angeles Dodgers, 2003 Florida Marlins and 2004 Chicago Cubs.

    One thing is for sure…if the Yankees pitchers can strikeout a lot of batters, and keep ground balls away from their infielders on the left-side of the diamond and flyballs away from that right-field homer porch at Yankee Stadium, it’s going to help them out – a lot.

    Comments on 2010 Yankees Starting Pitchers – Dipsy Doodles?

    1. December 28th, 2009 | 11:01 am

      [...] Mets History. I was perusing some of my favorite sites yesterday when I came across a post by Steve Lombardi of Was Watching. He was talking about the possibility the Yankees will have 5 pitchers with 130+ strikeouts in the [...]

    2. December 28th, 2009 | 1:13 pm

      [...] WasWatching wonders if CC, AJ, Andy, V, and Joba/Hughes could join that elite list. [...]

    3. January 13th, 2010 | 10:57 pm

      [...] …much the way that many believe the Yankees are making up for their defensive issues by having pitchers who strike batters out… [...]

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