We are prepared to your best 26.
We are the all-time Subway Series crew, a bunch of performers who should not essentially the best gamers to have donned Yankees and Mets uniforms since 1997, however relatively — as this profitable scheduling innovation launches its twenty fifth iteration Friday evening at Yankee Stadium — those that have shined, have performed their most interesting ball, below the Subway highlight of 128 regular-season video games and 5 extra in the postseason.
And this membership, battle-tested, will go up in opposition to another 26 gamers from the final quarter-century you possibly can muster, and we’ll take our probabilities.
Without additional ado …
Starter: Mike Piazza. A .951 regular-season OPS in opposition to the Yankees with eight homers — half of these, you would possibly recall, in opposition to Roger Clemens.
Backup: Joe Girardi. An .892 OPS and if there’s a bench-clearing brawl that outcomes in mass ejections, he can step in as player-manager.
Starting 1B: Mark Teixeira. A .963 OPS, and his final-play hustle in 2009 ensured the immortality of Luis Castiilo’s dropped pop fly.
Starting 2B: Jeff McNeil. A .909 OPS, higher than the .848 his (type of) present teammate Robinson Cano put up from the opposite facet.
Starting SS: Derek Jeter. Well, he gained Most Valuable Player honors in the one Yankees-Mets World Series, in 2000. Kind of a no brainer.
Starting 3B: David Wright. The best second of his stellar .878 OPS? His 2006 walk-off single off Mariano Rivera at Shea Stadium.
Backup 1: Matt Franco. Speaking of walk-offs in opposition to Rivera, his 1999 two-run, two-out, ninth-inning single gave the Mets arguably their best win in this rivalry.
Backup 2: Luis Sojo. The beloved veteran’s 25-hopper (or so) on Al Leiter’s 142nd pitch gave the Yankees their twenty sixth title in 2000.
Starting LF: Hideki Matsui. An astounding .976 OPS over seven years of motion. You know the way a lot the 2009 World Series MVP loved the massive moments.
Starting CF: Curtis Granderson. He had an .832 OPS as a Yankee in opposition to the Mets after which .955 as a Met in opposition to the Yankees. No one has excelled extra on either side.
Starting RF: Aaron Judge. With a 1.070 OPS and 4 homers in Subway motion, he has finished his half to attempt to preserve this sequence vigorous.
Backup 1: Brandon Nimmo. As has this Wyomingite turned New Yorker, who owns a 1.007 OPS.
Backup 2: Bernie Williams. In addition to his .921 OPS, he homered in the clinching 2000 World Series Game 5 and caught Piazza’s blast to heart for the ultimate out.
(*26*) hitter (1)
Alex Rodriguez: Come on, we’re actually not gonna take him? A .929 OPS and 13 homers get him aboard.
Starting pitchers (5)
Matt Harvey: As he dreamed of becoming a member of the Yankees sometime, the right-hander put up one heck of a job interview in the type of a 1.25 ERA over three begins.
Orlando Hernandez: Not solely did he compile a 1.73 ERA in 4 regular-season begins, however his 1999 “throw the entire glove to Tino Martinez” play could be the sequence’ funniest second.
Pedro Martinez: We shouldn’t be stunned that, even in his decline section, the all-time nice tallied a 2.93 ERA in opposition to the Yankees in 4 begins as a Met.
Dave Mlicki: One begin — first begin! — one shutout. Fans nonetheless cease him at this time to inform him they have been there.
Andy Pettitte: While his 4.13 regular-season ERA hardly stands out, his two excellent World Series begins (three runs in 13 ²/₃ innings) shouldn’t be neglected.
Relief pitchers (7)
Dellin Betances: As a Yankee, he by no means allowed a run to the Mets in 10 appearances totaling 11 ¹/₃ innings.
Jeurys Familia: He’ll come off the injured listing this weekend and attempt to construct on his 0.84 Subway Series ERA in 11 video games.
Dae-Sung Koo: Gets lefty hitters out, hits Hall of Fame lefty pitchers, runs the bases fearlessly. What extra may you need?
Mariano Rivera: OK, a 3.53 ERA over 16 years means he didn’t do his best work right here, however how can we overlook his 20 saves and two extra in the 2000 Fall Classic?
David Robertson: The present free agent recorded a 1.53 ERA in eight years of motion.
Francisco Rodriguez: If Ok-Rod underwhelmed total as a Met, his 1.04 ERA and 4 saves in opposition to the Yankees weren’t the issue.
Mike Stanton: Two wins and 4 ¹/₃ scoreless innings in the 2000 World Series plus a 1.98 ERA in 15 regular-season appearances? A slam dunk.
Joe Torre: And if there’s a nasty umpire’s name, then Terry Collins, Bobby Valentine, Don Zimmer and Girardi take turns popping out to argue.
Taxi squad: David Cone, Carlos Delgado, Oliver Perez, Jorge Posada and Kevin Russo.