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:
|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|
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.