The Best Players in NY
Saw this note on Yahoo! (who for once didn't post a ridiculous Jeff Passan "Yankees suck" article:
If you built one team from the guys who play in New York, Carlos Beltran(notes) would be your center fielder and Johan Santana(notes) your opening day starter. Yankees would be everywhere else. Maybe you platoon Nick Swisher(notes) and Ryan Church(notes) in right.So.. is it accurate? Let's see.
SP: Santana edges Sabathia. Mets 1, Yankees 0.
CP: Rivera still has it over Rodriguez. Mets 1, Yankees 1.
1B: Even with a healthy Delgado, there's no doubt that Teixiera is the man here. Mets 1, Yankees 2.
2B: Cano over Castillo. No brainer. Mets 1, Yankees 3.
SS: Reyes was having a mediocre season even before his injury. Jeter edges him here. Mets 1, Yankees 4.
3B: What happened to Wright's power? The average is there but he doesn't seem to like Citi Field. A-rod hasn't been, well A-Rod yet this year, but for one season there's no doubt he's still the superior player... but this is still the closest call by far. You can't go wrong with either choice, but we'll give Alex the nod here. Mets 1, Yankees 5.
C: Posada over Schneider. Easiest choice so far. Mets 1, Yankees 6.
LF: Martinez or Sheffied? Doesn't matter. Damon's got them both beat. Mets 1, Yankees 7.
CF: Beltran is head and shoulders above Cabrera. Mets 2, Yankees 6.
RF: Swisher hasn't been as good lately as he was to start the season, but he's still got a .900+ OPS. Church is serviceable, but Swish beats him fairly easily. Mets 2, Yankees 7.
An argument could be made for Reyes I suppose and like I said, 3B is almost a coin flip, but it's really surprising that a team that shares a market with the Yankees can't even come close to competing by position.
Labels: comparisons, lineups, mets, tim brown, yahoo
posted by Mr. Faded Glory @ 3:19 PM