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Stat of the day: facing the Bombers

Aug 26, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

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61 pitchers have started at least five games versus the Yankees since the beginning of 2007.  Here are the best and worst of the results, ranked by ERA:

Best
1. A.J. Burnett: 4-1, 1.35 ERA (seven starts)
2. Felix Hernandez: 6-1, 2.04 ERA (eight starts)
3. Cliff Lee: 4-1, 2.55 ERA (six starts)
4. Brian Matusz: 2-3, 2.56 ERA (five starts)
5. Roy Halladay: 9-3, 2.85 ERA (15 starts)
6. Jon Lester: 8-2, 3.06 ERA (14 starts)
7. Jarrod Washburn: 1-3, 3.06 ERA (five starts)
8. Jeff Niemann: 3-0, 3.10 ERA (five starts)
9. Francisco Liriano: 1-3, 3.22 ERA (six starts)
10. Scott Kazmir: 6-3, 3.36 ERA (12 starts)

Worst
1. Brian Bannister: 1-3, 13.26 ERA (five starts)
2. Trevor Cahill: 0-4, 10.95 ERA (five starts)
3. Brad Bergesen: 0-4, 9.25 ERA (five starts)
4. Marc Rzepczynski: 1-2, 8.86 ERA (five starts)
5. Derek Holland: 0-4, 8.78 ERA (five starts)
6. Chris Tillman: 1-3, 8.71 ERA (five starts)
7. Jason Vargas: 0-3, 8.14 ERA (five starts)
8. Fausto Carmona: 1-5, 7.52 ERA (eight starts)
9. Jose Contreras: 0-5, 7.52 ERA (five starts)
10. Paul Byrd: 2-3, 7.36 ERA (five starts)
11. Tim Wakefield: 3-4, 7.27 ERA (10 starts)
12. Gio Gonzalez: 1-4, 7.27 ERA (five starts)
13. John Danks: 2-3, 7.11 ERA (six starts)

Josh Beckett, the winningest pitcher against the Yankees with an 11-5 record the last five years, doesn’t make either list with his 4.78 ERA in 22 starts.

Honorable mention goes to Oliver Perez, who was 4-0 with a 1.52 ERA in his four starts against the Yankees.

  1. trevorb06 - Aug 26, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    Most of those pitchers are probably pretty happy they’re not playing for a team that plays in an armpit of a city with armpits for fans.

    • ditto65 - Aug 26, 2011 at 6:14 PM

      No, you’re an armpit.

  2. shanemcdowell - Aug 26, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    The Liriano and Washburn numbers stand out to me. Good ERA, bad W/L. Not sure about Washburn, but for Liriano, that’s a testament to how regularly the Twins have been shut down by the Yankees over recent years.

  3. trevorb06 - Aug 26, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    Also, I’m sure Ollie would rather stay out of the MLB than play for the best team in baseball because they have the worst fans.

    • ditto65 - Aug 26, 2011 at 6:15 PM

      No, Trev, you’re an armpit.

  4. mianfr - Aug 26, 2011 at 4:54 PM

    So A.J. Burnett’s lousy statistics with the Yankees are entirely a function of not facing them!

    Yay!

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 26, 2011 at 5:08 PM

      AJ is usually at his best in a contract year. In his lst season with the Jays he was playing for a contract. Thus the big performance against the Yankees. Now that he has the big bucks, he does not have to up his concentration level.

      • banksatdixie - Aug 26, 2011 at 6:27 PM

        There is absolutely zero evidence to back up this farce, but thanks for giving your expert psychiatric analysis.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 26, 2011 at 8:06 PM

        Check out AJ’s history. In his 2 pre free agency years he had an excellent season. I have had both the pleasure and the displeasure of watching him pitch for the Jays.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 26, 2011 at 8:07 PM

        By the way, AJ is stinking out the joint tonight. Yankee fans want his head on a platter.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 26, 2011 at 8:34 PM

        AJ’s history. He does not give a team fair value for its money.

        2011 9 & 10 with Yankees
        2010 10 & 15 with Yankees
        2009 13 & 9 with Yankees
        2008 18 & 10 with Blue Jays-Exercised opt out clause and signed for big bucks with Yanks
        2007 10 & 8 with Blue Jays
        2006 10 & 8 with Blue Jays

      • Ari Collins - Aug 26, 2011 at 10:41 PM

        Burnett’s ERAs from best to worst:

        3.30
        3.44
        3.48
        3.68
        3.75
        3.98
        4.04
        4.05
        4.07
        4.70
        4.79
        5.26
        5.31

        Without looking it up, which were his two FA years?

        Truth is that his four best years were when he was younger and in the NL. I don’t know about you, but that makes a better case to me than the idea that one very good contract year (the 3.44) and one okay contract year (the 4.07) means he’s a contract year pitcher.

        Same idiot arguments were made about Adrian Beltre, who’s putting up his 7th 20 HR non-contract-year season.

    • dirtdawg55 - Aug 26, 2011 at 11:20 PM

      Those great stats against the Yanks may be why they signed him. Hated that signing from day one. AJ has been long on potential and short on actual production since the day he arrived in the league. His early years in the NL fooled everyone.

      The way he is ending his last two years is troubling. If the Yankees lose big it is inevitably because he is on the mound. Two more years of this is going to be painful to watch.

      Time to set the five man rotation at CJ, Colon, Hughes, Garcia and Nova. At least they give us a chance to win every night. AJ does not.

      • Kevin S. - Aug 27, 2011 at 7:41 PM

        Not “may be.” Cashman specifically referenced his performance against the Yanks.

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