The Other Core Four

WARNING: Standard SSS-qualifiers for an April stats post apply…

Yesterday we discussed the Lords of Discipline also known as the Yankee line-up.  Today we turn to the Yankees' core four.

No, not the much-discussed four elder statesmen from the last Yankees dynasty, but the 4 starting pitchers – CC, AJ, Andy, and Phil - who have gotten off to such a hot start that they've propelled the team to five consecutive series-wins to start the season, tying the franchise record set by the 1926 Yankees despite the mediocre-to-poor performance of their fifth starter Javy Vazquez. 

Despite the reputations of two of them – CC and Andy – as relatively slow starters and despite having faced some of the most feared offenses in the AL in these first five series (Boston, Tampa Bay, LAA, Texas, and Oakland), the Yankee team pitching staff is tied with Minnesota for fewest runs allowed (48) in the league and their starting staff is second behind only Tampa Bay for fewest runs allowed (29).  (Incidentally Boston is tied with Pittsburgh for dead-last in the entire league for runs-allowed-by-starters – which I find both shocking and testament to just how much we can all expect them to rebound in the coming weeks and months given the talent of their front-three alone).

But back to the Yanks.  Below are the collective stats for CC, AJ, Andy, and Phil:

In 11 games they are 8-0 with an ERA of 2.20 and a WHIP of 1.055.  They've hurled 70.1 IP – or an average start of more than 6.1 IP/G and have a K:BB ratio well over 2:1.

Ups and downs in a season are inevitable – and right now virtually every aspect of the Yankee team is up (Javy and Teixeira aside).  I can't remember the last time a Yankee starting rotation and line-up came out of the gate so quickly, including 1998, and – without having run the numbers – I wouldn't be surprised if no earlier version of the Yankees ever has.

12 comments… add one
  • At least as far as record, through 14 games, the Yankees have started 11-3 11 times.
    Year RS/RA
    1922 76/41
    1926 104/60
    1928 95/62
    1943 63/40
    1949 65/51
    1953 60/37
    1987 78/59
    1988 100/65
    2000 76/63
    2003 92/51
    2010 79/48

    attackgerbil April 22, 2010, 12:30 pm
  • It’s very strange starting out this strong and being led early by our excellent pitching??? Very bizarre.
    The REALLY scary thing is that in the same vein as the Sox pitching woes, how about when Tex, Sloth and ARod (to a lesser extent) actually start hitting???

    krueg April 22, 2010, 12:55 pm
  • One thing I neglected to highlight is that though the Yankees have an 11-3 record eleven times through 14, never have they gone 12-2. Not that it is really significant.. just curious.

    attackgerbil April 22, 2010, 1:00 pm
  • AG – since I’m not inclined to look up Yankee history – what was the outcome each of those years (if it’s easily available to you)? Curious.

    dw (sf) April 22, 2010, 1:27 pm
  • Year RS/RA through 14, Final Season Results
    1922 76/41, 94-60 Pennant, lost World Series to NYG
    1926 104/60, 91-63 Pennant, lost World Series to STL
    1928 95/62, 101-53 World Series over STL
    1943 63/40, 98-56 World Series over STL
    1949 65/51, 97-57 World Series over BRO
    1953 60/37, 99-52 World Series over BRO
    1987 78/59, 89-73 4th AL East
    1988 100/65, 85-76 5th AL East
    2000 76/63, 87-74 World Series over NYM
    2003 92/51, 101-61 Pennant, lost to Fish in World Series *ow ow ow*
    2010 79/48, we’ll see

    attackgerbil April 22, 2010, 1:51 pm
  • Thanks for running those #’s AG. So they made the WS in 8 out of 10 of these years (winning 5 of them) and the other 2 years (87-88) can legitimately be called busts.
    I also see that this year’s RS/RA differential of 31 over the first 14 games has been bested by the 2003 (41), 1988 (35), 1928 (33), and 1926 (44) Yankee teams.
    Let’s see if CC can keep them on this roll tonight.

    IronHorse (YF) April 22, 2010, 2:07 pm
  • This afternoon IH…little over two hours!!! Trying to wiggle out of work to get home for it.

    krueg April 22, 2010, 2:13 pm
  • Thanks AG – I guess that portends well for the pinstripes!

    dw (sf) April 22, 2010, 2:21 pm
  • If you look at it from RS/RA, this season is above average, but not spectacular; 14th best.
    Year RS RA +/-
    1939 92 42 50
    1932 111 66 45
    1926 104 60 44
    1927 98 54 44
    2003 92 51 41
    1955 90 50 40
    1941 94 55 39
    1933 85 49 36
    1922 76 41 35
    1988 100 65 35
    1915 76 42 34
    1928 95 62 33
    1960 89 57 32
    2010 79 48 31

    attackgerbil April 22, 2010, 2:52 pm
  • “not spectacular” my bad choice of words.. it is actually an auspicious start considering they are +30 for only the third (fourth?) time in 50 years.

    attackgerbil April 22, 2010, 2:54 pm
  • Reading that line over again, its disturbing how good the late-twenties/early thirties teams were. Shock and awe.

    attackgerbil April 22, 2010, 3:02 pm
  • Don’t forget too who they’ve done it against so far this season. I don’t know who the competition was in those other comparable years, but I’m pleased both with how they’re playing and against whom they are playing so well…

    IronHorse (YF) April 22, 2010, 5:17 pm

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