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