… the Yankees have a better front end of the rotation and the Mets have a deeper bullpen in terms of effectiveness.
At that time, I also promised to compare the hitters for these two teams once the Yankees clinched. So, here are the 2006 stats, through last night’s game:
As you can see, the Yankees “Big Four” is the top of their line-up: Damon, Jeter, Abreu and Giambi. And, for the Mets, it’s Reyes, Beltran, Wright and Delgado. (I’m not sure if those are the first four hitters in the Mets line-up, like the Yankees, but, they should be – based on their performance.)
And, the Damon-Jeter-Abreu-Giambi team matches up with the Reyes-Beltran-Wright-Delgado group. In fact, the Yankees probably have a slight edge here – around 10%.
But, after that, the Yankees have some nice advantages over the Mets.
The Yankees, after the “Big Four” throw A-Rod, Posada, Cano, and two from the Cabrera-Matsui-Sheffield cluster out there – whereas the Mets counter with Jose Valentin, Endy Chavez, Shawn Green, Paul LoDuca and Cliff Floyd. Here’s the Yankees advantage is probably tenfold.
Lastly, in terms of pinch-hitters, the Yankees will have Bernie Williams and one from the Cabrera-Matsui-Sheffield cluster on the bench. The Mets counter this with Chris Woodward and Julio Franco. As a Yankees fan, I’ll take that match-up everyday of the week.
In summary, the Yankees have a much deeper offensive team than the Mets. When it comes to offense, the advantage here is clearly “Yankees.”