Now that the Mets have clinched the N.L. East, I thought this would be a good time to compare the pitching staffs of the Yankees and Mets. Here are their stats, via the CBE, as of today:
Trachsel and Johnson line-up nicely – two guys who are lucky to have as many wins as they do this season.
I like the match-up of Pedro and Glavine against Wang and Mussina. The Yankees have an edge there. The fourth and fifth starters on each team are a push.
Wagner and Rivera line-up nicely as well. Ditto on Heilman and Proctor.
To be honest, I was surprised to see Bradford, Feliciano, and Oliver show up better than Farnsworth, Villone and Myers.
The rest of the pen men for each team are somewhat like the fourth and fifth starters here – someone could surprise, but, on the whole, it’s a push.
So, the Yankees have a better front end of the rotation and the Mets have a deeper bullpen in terms of effectiveness.
If these two teams face each other in the World Series, this could be an issue for the Yankees since their plan of attack is to get to a team’s middle men as soon as possible. And, the Mets middle relievers are, statistically, a solid group.
Once the Yankees clinch, I’ll compare the hitters on both teams in the same manner.