The New York Yankees have won several World Series thanks to excellent starting pitching.
When you think “Yankees World Series victory,” odds are you envision a clutch hit, towering homer, or Derek Jeter single through the right side first.
But the Bombers never get it done if they don’t have the pitching to match. Remember 2002-2008?
Whether it’s fair or not (it’s fair), Yankees starters are judged on whether they’re able to hold the fort in October. If you’re an ace, you’d better dominate when the lights are brightest. If you’re an innings-eater, you’d better be at your most beguiling.
Though plenty of pitchers have owned October in the pinstripes, these six individual performances stand out. After all, they changed the course of Yankees history.
6. Ron Guidry, Game 4, 1977 World Series
One year before his Cy Young season, Ron Guidry took down the Dodgers on the road.
Staring down a 15-year World Series drought, the ’77 Yankees headed to Dodger Stadium with a 1-1 series split, with LA in the driver’s seat.
Two games later, New York had an inexplicable 3-1 series lead, thanks in large part to Ron Guidry’s dominant Game 4 performance.
Against the most power-packed lineup in the Senior Circuit, Lousiana Lightning tossed a complete game in a 4-2 road win. He allowed four hits, walked three, and whiffed seven Dodgers, including Steve Garvey and Bill Russell twice each.
Two games later, Reggie Jackson socked a triplicate of homers, and the Dodgers were done. But that never happens if Guidry doesn’t buck up in Game 4 and change the equation for LA.