• Pettitte Was King Of Recent Yankee Post-Season Starters

    Posted by on February 5th, 2011 · Comments (2)

    Who had the most “very good” post-season starts by a Yankee since 1995? Here’s that list:

    Rk Player #Matching   W L ERA GS CG IP HR BB SO WHIP
    1 Andy Pettitte 10 Ind. Games 10 0 0.83 10 0 75.2 4 14 58 0.77
    2 Roger Clemens 7 Ind. Games 6 0 0.53 7 1 50.2 1 14 52 0.65
    3 Orlando Hernandez 6 Ind. Games 6 0 0.82 6 0 44.0 2 20 43 0.98
    4 David Wells 4 Ind. Games 4 0 1.11 4 1 32.1 2 4 22 0.71
    5 Mike Mussina 3 Ind. Games 2 0 1.23 3 0 22.0 2 5 23 0.95
    6 David Cone 3 Ind. Games 2 0 0.44 3 0 20.2 1 9 15 0.82
    7 CC Sabathia 2 Ind. Games 2 0 1.12 2 0 16.0 1 3 12 0.75
    8 Jon Lieber 1 Ind. Games 1 0 1.29 1 0 7.0 0 1 3 0.57
    9 Jimmy Key 1 Ind. Games 1 0 2.25 1 0 8.0 1 1 5 0.50
    10 Phil Hughes 1 Ind. Games 1 0 0.00 1 0 7.0 0 1 6 0.71
    11 A.J. Burnett 1 Ind. Games 1 0 1.29 1 0 7.0 0 2 9 0.86
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 2/5/2011.

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    If there were such a thing as “ring shares,” Andy would have a bunch of them.

    Comments on Pettitte Was King Of Recent Yankee Post-Season Starters

    1. LMJ229
      February 6th, 2011 | 10:07 am

      That is when we will miss Pettitte the most. He was the only guy I always trusted in the post-season. He usually came up big for us when we needed him most.

    2. Evan3457
      February 6th, 2011 | 11:34 am

      In checking over the game logs, of the pitchers who started at least 10 post-season games for the Yankees over this era (1995-2010), El Duque was the most consistently excellent pitcher, while Pettitte’s percentage of quality starts was the highest (about 74%), which makes him the most consistently solid starter, especially because he started more than twice as many post-season games for the Yanks as any of the others (El Duque, Clemens, Cone, Wells, or Mussina)

      El Duque never had a game score under 40 in any of his post-season starts, and his PQS average was 3.93, whereas Andy had 8 scores below 40, and a PQS average of 2.29.

      (PQS is an indicator of dominant starting pitching devised by the Baseball HQ website. A pitcher is awarded up to 5 points based on the following critera: 1) Pitched at least 6 innings 2) Allowed no more hits than innings pitched 3) Strikeouts within at least two of innings pitched; i.e. 5 K’s in 7 innings gets the point, 4 K’s doesn’t 4) K/BB ratio for the game is a minimum of 2-to-1 5) No more than 1 HR allowed. A pitcher who goes less than 5 innings gets an automatic score of 0 for the game.

      Last year, for example, Felix Hernandez avg PQS was 4.15.
      CC Sabthaia’s avg PQS was 3.65.
      AJ Burnett’s avg was 2.61.
      Andy Pettitte’s avg was 3.59 before he got hurt.
      Phil Hughes had avg of 4.0 in his 1st 10 starts, but wound up with a PQS avg of 3.34, averaging 3.0 in his last 19 starts.
      Javy Vazquez’ avg was 2.26.)

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