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World Series Matchups

October 21, 2000|MIKE DiGIOVANNA | Times Staff Writer

NEW YORK YANKEES

STARTING LINEUPS

RS: Regular Season

PL: Playoffs

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Chuck Knoblauch, Designated hitter

RS: .283 Avg. 5 HR 26 RBI

PL: .281 Avg. 0 HR 3 RBI

Pesky and patient leadoff batter provides offensive spark, but Yankees are taking huge gamble by playing him at second base in Shea.

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Derek Jeter, Shortshop

RS: .339 Avg. 15 HR 73 RBI

PL: .268 Avg. 2 HR 7 RBI

The strong-armed Jeter is silky smooth defensively and is unfazed by playoff pressure. His bat began to warm up toward end of ALCS.

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David Justice, Left field

RS: .286 Avg. 41 HR 118 RBI

PL: .227 Avg. 3 HR 9 RBI

His .321 average against lefties during regular season will come in handy against Al Leiter and Mike Hampton. Does best work in the clutch.

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Bernie Williams, Center field

RS: .307 Avg. HR 30 121 RBI

PL: .349 Avg. HR 1 4 RBI

Switch-hitter's production has dropped considerably from division series and ALCS (.331, 10 homers, 34 RBIs) to World Series (.151, 2 homers, 7 RBIs).

*

Tino Martinez, First base

RS: .258 Avg. 16 HR 91 RBI

PL: .364 Avg. 1 HR 5 RBI

Hit left-handers (.281) far better than right-handers (.249) during regular season; has hit everybody in the playoffs.

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Jorge Posada, Catcher

RS: .287 Avg. 28 HR 86 RBI

PL: .194 Avg. 0 HR 4 RBI

His two-run double started comeback against Seattle in Game 6 of ALCS. Strong arm, quick release could slow Mets' running game.

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Paul O'Neill, Right field

RS: .283 Avg.18 HR 100 RBI

PL: .231 Avg. 0 HR 5 RBI

The old warrior's pride took a hit when he was pinch-hit for twice in ALCS, but he came up with huge two-run single in Game 6 against Seattle.

*

Scott Brosius, Third base

RS: .230 Avg. 16 HR 64 RBI

RS: .200 Avg. 0 HR 1 RBI

Offensively, Brosius is a shadow of the player who was named 1998 World Series MVP, but he's a steady defender with great hands.

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Jose Vizcaino, Second base

RS: .276 Avg. 0 HR 10 RBI

PL: 1.000 Avg. 0 HR 2 RBI

His .526 average (10 for 19 with two doubles) against Leiter earned Vizcaino Game 1 start. Started ALCS Game 6 comeback against Mariners with infield single.

STARTING PITCHERS

Andy Pettitte, LHP

RS: 19-9 Record, 4.35 ERA

PL: 2-0 Record, 3.50 ERA

If left-hander's cut fastball is sharp, he'll cause Met right-handers problems. Great pickoff move puts crimp in opponents' running game.

*

Roger Clemens, RHP

RS: 13-8 Record, 3.70 ERA

PL: 1-2 Record, 4.50 ERA

Shed October underachiever label with one-hit, 15-strikeout shutout of Seattle in Game 4 of ALCS. His fastball has been electric.

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Orlando Hernandez, RHP

RS: 12-13 Record, 4.51 ERA

PL: 3-0 Record, 3.63 ERA

Crafty right-hander is lined up to pitch Game 7 if necessary, which bodes well for Yankees. They've never lost a playoff game El Duque has started.

*

David Cone, RHP

RS: 4-14 Record, 6.91 ERA

PL: 0-0 Record, 0.00 ERA

Former Met right-hander may have chance to redeem himself for miserable season in Game 4. He's 2-0 with 2.15 ERA in five World Series starts.

CLOSER

Mariano Rivera

RS: 7-4 Record, 2.85 ERA, 36 saves

PL: 0-0 Record, 0.93 ERA, 4 saves

Cut-fastball specialist had 34-inning playoff scoreless streak ended by Seattle in Game 6 of ALCS, but he's still virtually automatic.

OTHER POSITION PLAYERS

Luis Sojo, Infield

RS: .286, 7 homers, 37 RBIs

Glenallen Hill, Outfield

RS: .333, 16 homers, 29 RBIs

Jose Canseco, OF/DH

RS: .252, 15 homers, 49 RBIs

Clay Bellinger, Outfield

RS: .207, 6 homers, 21 RBIs

OTHER PITCHERS

Denny Neagle, LHP

RS: 7-7 Record, 5.81 ERA

Jeff Nelson, RHP

RS: 8-4 Record, 2.45 ERA

Mike Stanton, LHP

RS: 2-3 Record, 4.10 ERA

Dwight Gooden, RHP

RS: 6-5 Record, 4.54 ERA

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NEW YORK METS

STARTING LINEUPS

RS: Regular Season

PL: Playoffs

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Timo Perez, Right field

RS: .286 Avg. 1 HR 3 RBI

PL: .300 Avg. 0 HR 3 RBI

Injury to Derek Bell was blessing in disguise; speedy Perez gives Mets the true leadoff hitter they've lacked and has 10 runs in playoffs.

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Edgardo Alfonzo, Second base

RS: .324 Avg. 25 HR 94 RBI

PL: .361 Avg. 1 HR 9 RBI

Many think Alfonzo, not Derek Jeter, is the best player in New York. He can do it all--hit for power, for average, and in the clutch.

*

Mike Piazza, Designated hitter

RS: .324 Avg. 38 HR 113 RBI

PL: .323 Avg. 2 HR 4 RBI

Former Dodger has given sagging October reputation huge boost; his bat is lethal, but his throwing arm isn't. Yanks could take advantage in Shea.

*

Todd Zeile, First base

RS: .268 Avg. 22 HR 79 RBI

PL: .242 Avg. 1 HR 8 RBI

He's no Gold Glover but made smooth transition from third to first. Will yield cleanup spot to Ventura against right-handed pitchers.

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Robin Ventura, Third base

RS: .232 Avg. 24 HR 84 RBI

PL: .179 Avg. 1 HR 7 RBI

Though his playoff average is awful, he has been driving in runs and had key two-run homer in division series clincher. Has few peers defensively.

*

Benny Agbayani, Left field

RS: .289 Avg. 15 HR 60 RBI

PL: .344 Avg. 1 HR 4 RBI

His 13th-inning homer won Game 3 of the division series, and he went six for 17 in the NLCS. No wonder they call him the Hawaiian Punch.

*

Jay Payton, Center field

RS: .291 Avg. 17 HR 62 RBI

PL: .167 Avg. 1 HR 5 RBI

Rookie-of-the year candidate has struggled offensively in playoffs but has not let that affect his solid defense.

*

Todd Pratt, Catcher

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