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Bartolo Colon Throws Yankees’ 1st Shutout in 2+ Years

Posted by John Autin on May 30, 2011

Bartolo Colon tossed a 4-hit, no-walk shutout in Oakland Monday. It was the first individual shutout by a Yankees pitcher since CC Sabathia did it on 2009-05-08, over 2 years ago. Every other team had at least 1 CG shutout in that span.

Before CC, the last shutout by a Yankees pitcher was in 2006 by Chien-Ming Wang. Colon's last shutout was also in 2006. Since 2006, Bartolo Colon has as many shutouts in 55 starts as all other Yankees pitchers have in 854 starts.

Of course, the dearth of individual shutouts during the latest Yankee dynasty is not really a reflection on the starting pitchers. Rather, it shows that they usually have a strong bullpen, and they're always looking beyond today's game towards the postseason.

Incidentally, 2004 was the first full-schedule season in Yankees history that they did not have a CG shutout; they also did not have one in 1981 and 1994.

Here are the Yankees pitchers with the most shutouts since 1991. (Scott Sanderson?)

Rk Player #Matching W L W-L% ERA GS CG SHO SV IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP
1 David Wells 9 Ind. Games 9 0 1.000 0.00 9 9 9 0 81.0 30 0 0 4 72 0.42
2 Mike Mussina 8 Ind. Games 8 0 1.000 0.00 8 8 8 0 72.0 24 0 0 6 75 0.42
3 Scott Sanderson 3 Ind. Games 3 0 1.000 0.00 3 3 3 0 27.0 8 0 0 0 14 0.30
4 Andy Pettitte 3 Ind. Games 3 0 1.000 0.00 3 3 3 0 27.0 15 0 0 6 19 0.78
5 Ramiro Mendoza 2 Ind. Games 2 0 1.000 0.00 2 2 2 0 18.0 9 0 0 1 6 0.56
6 Jack McDowell 2 Ind. Games 2 0 1.000 0.00 2 2 2 0 18.0 7 0 0 7 13 0.78
7 Jimmy Key 2 Ind. Games 2 0 1.000 0.00 2 2 2 0 18.0 4 0 0 2 17 0.33
8 Hideki Irabu 2 Ind. Games 2 0 1.000 0.00 2 2 2 0 18.0 9 0 0 7 10 0.89
9 Orlando Hernandez 2 Ind. Games 2 0 1.000 0.00 2 2 2 0 18.0 6 0 0 1 12 0.39
10 Roger Clemens 2 Ind. Games 2 0 1.000 0.00 2 2 2 0 18.0 13 0 0 2 13 0.83
11 Bob Wickman 1 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 0.00 1 1 1 0 9.0 6 0 0 3 6 1.00
12 Chien-Ming Wang 1 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 0.00 1 1 1 0 9.0 2 0 0 2 1 0.44
13 Aaron Small 1 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 0.00 1 1 1 0 9.0 5 0 0 2 3 0.78
14 CC Sabathia 1 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 0.00 1 1 1 0 9.0 4 0 0 1 8 0.56
15 Kenny Rogers 1 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 0.00 1 1 1 0 9.0 6 0 0 4 1 1.11
16 Melido Perez 1 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 0.00 1 1 1 0 9.0 6 0 0 1 9 0.78
17 Carl Pavano 1 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 0.00 1 1 1 0 9.0 5 0 0 0 7 0.56
18 Ted Lilly 1 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 0.00 1 1 1 0 9.0 3 0 0 2 11 0.56
19 Sterling Hitchcock 1 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 0.00 1 1 1 0 9.0 4 0 0 1 8 0.56
20 Shawn Hillegas 1 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 0.00 1 1 1 0 9.0 5 0 0 2 5 0.78
21 Dwight Gooden 1 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 0.00 1 1 1 0 9.0 0 0 0 6 5 0.67
22 David Cone 1 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 0.00 1 1 1 0 9.0 0 0 0 0 10 0.00
23 Greg Cadaret 1 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 0.00 1 1 1 0 9.0 9 0 0 2 6 1.22
24 Jim Abbott 1 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 0.00 1 1 1 0 9.0 0 0 0 5 3 0.56
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Generated 5/30/2011.

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22 Responses to “Bartolo Colon Throws Yankees’ 1st Shutout in 2+ Years”

  1. How about Cone's only Yankees shutout being his perfect game?

  2. 5 out of the 24 players wound being or were primarily career relievers.

    Rk Player SO From To Age G GS CG SHO GF W L W-L% SV IP H R ER BB ERA ERA+ HR BF IBB HBP BK WP Tm
    1 Bob Wickman 785 1992 2007 23-38 835 28 1 1 511 63 61 .508 267 1059.0 1051 469 420 432 3.57 126 80 4586 45 38 2 32 NYY-MIL-CLE-TOT
    2 Greg Cadaret 539 1987 1998 25-36 451 35 4 2 120 38 32 .543 14 724.1 716 351 321 403 3.99 103 58 3206 36 16 7 56 OAK-NYY-ANA-TOT
    3 Ramiro Mendoza 463 1996 2005 24-33 342 62 2 2 76 59 40 .596 16 797.0 891 412 381 181 4.30 107 82 3422 23 35 3 14 BOS-NYY
    4 Shawn Hillegas 332 1987 1993 22-28 181 62 1 1 57 24 38 .387 10 515.1 521 284 264 238 4.61 85 54 2265 16 13 1 21 LAD-CHW-CLE-TOT-OAK
    5 Aaron Small 170 1994 2006 22-34 172 15 1 1 45 25 13 .658 4 321.2 380 202 186 137 5.20 86 37 1454 12 14 0 12 TOR-OAK-TOT-ATL-FLA-NYY
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  3. JA, I thought I was in a time warp when you said Sunday in the thread. American long weekend or not today is Monday. :-)

  4. Great list, JA!

    David Wells, the portly lefty, with 5 shut outs for the Yankees in1998 alone.

    The Yankees 2011 starting pitching seems to be righting itself.

  5. @ Scott Sanderson

    John, I'm with you in forgetting that Sanderson had ever pitched for the Yankees.

    Actually, it was with the Bombers in '91 (16-10, 3.81, 1.1 WHIP. 4.5 SO/BB) that he had his only All-Star appearance.

  6. Sanderson also had as many shutouts in 2 seasons in New York as Pettitte had in 13 years. Tough to wrap your mind around that.

  7. @5 @6

    Doug, tough to see Jimmy Key and David Wells on any Yankees' list.

    I guess all roads lead to where the money is.

    But then, Carl Pavano's NY career shows the perils of an organization having too much money and no where to spend it.

  8. AlvaroEspinoza Says:

    #1 - And how about Jim Abbott's being a no-hitter, too!

  9. John Autin Says:

    Neil, thanks for the "update" -- I've corrected the day in the post.

  10. John Autin Says:

    @8, AlvaroEspinoza -- Funny, I was just thinking of "you" when I noticed Derek Jeter's .325 slugging average. Although you were known as a slap hitter, you still managed better than a .325 SLG in your 2 qualifying seasons as the Yankees' shortstop.

    The last qualifying NYY SS to slug as low as .325 was your predecessor, Rafael Santana, in 1988.

    Out of 26 qualifying shortstops this year, Jeter ranks:
    -- 21st in slugging;
    -- 20th in OPS+ (78); and
    -- 24th in RBI (15).

    It might be time to oil up your glove, Alvaro.

  11. John Autin Says:

    Neil L., shouldn't you be at the champagne celebration for Jo-Jo Reyes right now? :)

  12. John Autin Says:

    @7, Neil L. -- Not only Carl Pavano's career, but A.J. Burnett's, too.

    A.J.'s combined stats with the Yankees to date:
    28-27 record, 4.53 ERA, 97 ERA+, just under 6 IP per start, K/BB ratio below 2, $38.5 million in salary.

    Would you say the Jays were lucky not to have re-signed him?

  13. So, Bartolo Colon shut-out the A's?

    OK, BR staff..time to man up...who picked the A's to win the West?

  14. John Autin Says:

    @13, Chuck -- All I know is that we unanimously predicted that Seattle would be over .500 at this point.... :)

    (I'm kidding, of course; I don't even qualify as "B-R staff.")

  15. [...] the Greatest Closer of All Time has also cut several potential complete-game shutouts short. Or, as B-Ref astutely noted, “the dearth of individual shutouts during the latest Yankee dynasty is not really a [...]

  16. Scott Sanderson was by far the most reliable pitcher on those Yankee teams. And considering how bad they were at the time, "reliable" was all you could ask for.

  17. Yet, even with Colon's shutout, it isn't enough for B-R to recognize the Yanx as being in first place this morning, oven though they are .002 ahead of Boston.

  18. Wild... Cone's perfecto, Abbott's no-hitter... AND Doc Gooden's no-hitter.

    The name that really throws me besides Sanderson is Ted Lilly. Hard to remember sometimes that he started as a Yankee.

  19. Any way to check how many 7-inning or 8-inning 0 run games there were?
    Then comapre that to other teams? This year alone Sabathia and Colon have been pulled for no apparent eason other than Girardi's 'binder' callig for the "8th inning guy" or whatever.

    The only reason Colon was in for the 9th yesterday was because it was not a ":save situation".

  20. John Autin Says:

    @19, Noodle --Why, of course the Play Index can answer that!

    -- In 2010, the Yankees had 9 games in which the starter went at least 7 innings and allowed 0 runs. That ranked 21st in the majors; the median was 11.5, the max. was 21 (Phils), the min. was 4 (Nats, Royals, Cleveland).

    -- Comparing them only to the AL in 2010, the Yankees ranked 9th out of 14; the median was 10.5, the max. was 19 (Twins), the min. was 4 (Royals, Indians).

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