• Yankees Starting Staffs Since 1973 – Most “Non-Quality” Starts

    Posted by on March 25th, 2011 · Comments (3)

    Here, I’m looking at how many times, each season, a Yankees starter had a game with IP<=5 and and ER>=4 since 1973:

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    Thank goodness for that bullpen in 1996, eh?  Well, that and Pettitte and Cone.  And, I wonder where 2011 will fall on this list?  I’m thinking it cracks the top ten, for sure.

    Comments on Yankees Starting Staffs Since 1973 – Most “Non-Quality” Starts

    1. MJ Recanati
      March 25th, 2011 | 1:09 pm

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      Thank goodness for that bullpen in 1996, eh? Well, that and Pettitte and Cone. And, I wonder where 2011 will fall on this list? I’m thinking it cracks the top ten, for sure.

      If you look at the top-10 of this perhaps dubious list, you’ll find five playoff teams, including two WS champions and a team that made the ALCS.

      I’d rather not be on this list than be on it but, as we can see, it doesn’t preclude success or foreshadow failure.

    2. March 25th, 2011 | 1:39 pm

      Those two World Series champions got a lot of favorable breaks in those WS. The 1996 WS was full of crazy things that went the Yankees way. The one in 2000 didn’t have as many, but, it had some key things swing the Yankees way.

      In any event, yes, getting 30-some really crappy starts a season is not a lock for meaning a bad season. The key is what you did in those games. Did the bats or bullpen bail you out? I would bet that was the case in those seasons where the Yanks still did well. But, in seasons where the team sucked, I get most of those 30-something games ended up in losses.

    3. Raf
      March 25th, 2011 | 2:54 pm

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      Those two World Series champions got a lot of favorable breaks in those WS. The 1996 WS was full of crazy things that went the Yankees way. The one in 2000 didn’t have as many, but, it had some key things swing the Yankees way.

      Tis the nature of the postseason, where random bounces, errors, missed calls, etc will influence a game and or a series.

      But, in seasons where the team sucked, I get most of those 30-something games ended up in losses.

      To that note, I guess there were 5 years (1982, 1989-92) where the team finished below .500

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