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Top Pitcher Seasons in Yankee History

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Which year was Pettitte's best?
Which year was Pettitte's best?

The following is a list of the top 15 single seasons by pitchers in Yankee history. You might notice that only three come from the post-expansion era (1969-present) -

Player PitchW Year Age W L IP H BB SO ERA ERA+
Ron Guidry 6.81 1978 27 25 3 273.2 187 72 248 1.74 208
Lefty Gomez 6.69 1937 28 21 11 278.1 233 93 194 2.33 191
Lefty Gomez 6.06 1934 25 26 5 281.2 223 96 158 2.33 176
Spud Chandler 5.06 1943 35 20 4 253.0 197 54 134 1.64 198
Jack Chesbro 5.06 1904 30 41 12 454.2 338 88 239 1.82 148
Catfish Hunter 4.63 1975 29 23 14 328.0 248 83 177 2.58 144
Whitey Ford 4.48 1964 37 17 6 244.2 212 57 172 2.13 170
Spud Chandler 4.45 1946 38 20 8 257.1 200 90 138 2.10 166
Herb Pennock 4.43 1924 30 21 9 286.1 302 64 101 2.83 147
Bob Shawkey 4.35 1920 29 20 13 267.2 246 85 126 2.45 156
Andy Pettitte 4.33 1997 25 18 7 240.1 233 65 166 2.88 156
Russ Ford 4.19 1910 27 26 6 299.2 194 70 209 1.65 160
Red Ruffing 4.13 1937 32 20 7 256.1 242 68 131 2.98 149
Whitey Ford 4.08 1958 31 14 7 219.1 174 62 145 2.01 177
Carl Mays 4.08 1921 29 27 9 336.2 332 76 70 3.05 139

Unsurprisingly, Guidry's insane 1978 is at the top of the list. He also set the Yankee record for strikeouts in a season and a game that year (18 against the Angels on July 17th).

Whitey Ford, Spud Chandler and Lefty Gomez are the only pitchers with more than one season.

Andy Pettitte vied for the Cy Young Award in 1996, finishing second, but you rarely hear about his best year: 1997.

Look how many innings and wins Jack Chesbro totaled in 1904... yeah, crazy.

The youngest pitchers on the list were both 25: Pettitte and Gomez, while the oldest was Chandler, at 38.

[Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used, Generated 12/27/2010.]