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October 01, 2007

Just Wait Till Next Year?

Using Baseball-Reference.com's Play Index Pitching Season Finder, I tried to identify the best Yankees starting staffs, in terms of production, stability, and depth, since 1973. This is how the list found broke down - going from best to worst:

Year - Trusted Members of Starting Staff

2003 Pettitte / Clemens / Wells / Mussina
1998 Pettitte / Cone / Wells / Irabu
2001 Mussina / Clemens / Pettitte
2000 Pettitte / Clemens / Hernandez
1997 Pettitte / Wells / Cone
1996 Pettitte / Rogers / Key
1982 Guidry / Righetti / John
1980 Underwood / Guidry / John
1979 John / Guidry / Tiant
1977 Figueroa / Guidry / Gullett
2007 Pettitte / Wang
2006 Wang / Mussina
2002 Mussina / Wells
1999 Hernandez / Cone
1995 Pettitte / McDowell
1994 Key / Perez
1987 John / Rhoden
1984 Fontenot / Niekro
1983 Guidry / Righetti
1978 Guidry / Figueroa
1976 Figueroa / Ellis
1975 Hunter / May
1973 Stottlemyre / Medich
2005 Johnson
1993 Key
1992 Perez
1991 Sanderson
1988 Candelaria
1986 Rasmussen
1985 Guidry
1974 Dobson

When you have three (or more) starting pitchers who are there for the full-season, and they're productive, it really does help your chances towards having a good season.

Hopefully, if Chamberlain, Hughes and Kennedy come through for the Yankees next season - along with Wang and Pettitte (should he return), we could be looking at a special season in the Bronx in 2008.

Posted by Steve Lombardi at October 1, 2007 01:25 PM

Comments

Note that the 2004 Yankees didn't make the cut above - that's just how bad their starting rotation was that season.

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 1, 2007 01:54 PM

Also helps if the guys you've counted on all year don't shit the bed in the World Series.

I'm looking at you, Mr. Wells.

Posted by: Pete [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 1, 2007 03:37 PM

Note Kenny Rogers in 1996 & Jack McDowell in 1995. Who woulda thunk it?

Posted by: Raf [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 1, 2007 04:42 PM

or irabu..

Posted by: Corey [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 1, 2007 10:30 PM