Both A.J. Burnett and Javier Vazquez have logged 150+ IP for the Yankees this season, to date, and their ERA+ is less than 90. When was the last time the Yankees had two players with 150+ IP and an ERA+ of 90 or less in the same season? We have to go back 22 years to find another such dud duo in Yankeeland. See the following list of times the Yankees had 2+ pitchers in a season with 150+ IP and an ERA+ of 90 or less.
|1||1908||New York Highlanders||4||Jack Chesbro / Bill Hogg / Joe Lake / Rube Manning|
|2||2010||New York Yankees||2||A.J. Burnett / Javier Vazquez|
|3||1988||New York Yankees||2||Richard Dotson / Tommy John|
|4||1945||New York Yankees||2||Monk Dubiel / Al Gettel|
|5||1940||New York Yankees||2||Marv Breuer / Spud Chandler|
|6||1930||New York Yankees||2||Roy Sherid / Ed Wells|
|7||1929||New York Yankees||2||Herb Pennock / Ed Wells|
|8||1910||New York Highlanders||2||Tom Hughes / Jack Warhop|
In that 1988 season, Tommy John was 45-years old and Rich Dotson’s shoulder was toast. And, to find a time when the Yankees had two pitchers like this in a season before 1988, you have to go back to when rosters were hurting because of WWII.
So, what’s the excuse for Burnett and Vazquez this year?