2001 MLB Postseason
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Athletics-Yankees at a Glance

Pitchers | Hitters | Matchup Breakdown | Big Picture

Oakland Athletics
Mark Mulder
Mark Mulder
W-L: 21-8
ERA: 3.45
Vs. NYY: 0-1, 2.57
Tim Hudson
Tim Hudson
W-L: 18-9
ERA: 3.37
Vs. NYY: 1-2, 3.24
Barry Zito
Barry Zito
W-L: 17-8
ERA: 3.49
Vs. NYY: 2-0, 3.46
Cory Lidle
Cory Lidle
W-L: 13-6
ERA: 3.59
Vs. NYY: 1-1, 14.73
  • Team pitching statistics
  • Vs.
    New York Yankees
    Roger Clemens
    Roger Clemens
    W-L: 20-3
    ERA: 3.51
    Vs. OAK: 1-0, 1.88
    Andy Pettitte
    Andy Pettitte
    W-L: 15-10
    ERA: 3.99
    Vs. OAK: 0-0, 3.38
    Mike Mussina
    Mike Mussina
    W-L: 17-11
    ERA: 3.15
    Vs. OAK: 0-1, 3.21
    Orlando
Hernandez
    O. Hernandez
    W-L: 4-7
    ERA: 4.85
    Vs. OAK: 0-0, 3.60
  • Team pitching statistics


  • Pitchers | Hitters | Matchup Breakdown | Big Picture

    Oakland Athletics 2001 Batting
    Player AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
    Johnny Damon
    Terrence Long
    Miguel Tejada
    Eric Chavez
    Jason Giambi
    Frank Menechino
    Ramon Hernandez
    Jeremy Giambi
    Olmedo Saenz
    Jermaine Dye
    Adam Piatt
    Greg Myers
    Ron Gant
    .256
    .283
    .267
    .288
    .342
    .242
    .254
    .283
    .220
    .297
    .211
    .184
    .259
    155
    162
    162
    151
    154
    139
    136
    124
    106
    61
    36
    33
    34
    644
    629
    622
    552
    520
    471
    453
    371
    305
    232
    95
    87
    81
    108
    90
    107
    91
    109
    82
    55
    64
    33
    41
    9
    13
    15
    165
    178
    166
    159
    178
    114
    115
    105
    67
    69
    20
    16
    21
    34
    37
    31
    43
    47
    22
    25
    26
    21
    17
    5
    1
    5
    4
    4
    3
    0
    2
    2
    0
    0
    1
    1
    1
    0
    1
    9
    12
    31
    32
    38
    12
    15
    12
    9
    13
    0
    7
    2
    49
    85
    113
    114
    120
    60
    60
    57
    32
    59
    6
    13
    13
    27
    9
    11
    8
    2
    2
    1
    0
    0
    2
    0
    0
    2


    New York Yankees 2001 Batting
    Player AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
    Derek Jeter
    Tino Martinez
    Alfonso Soriano
    Bernie Williams
    Chuck Knoblauch
    Paul O'Neill
    Jorge Posada
    Scott Brosius
    David Justice
    Shane Spencer
    Enrique Wilson
    Todd Greene
    Clay Bellinger
    Luis Sojo
    Nick Johnson
    .311
    .280
    .268
    .307
    .250
    .267
    .277
    .287
    .241
    .258
    .242
    .208
    .160
    .165
    .194
    150
    154
    158
    146
    137
    137
    138
    120
    111
    80
    48
    35
    51
    39
    23
    614
    589
    574
    540
    521
    510
    484
    428
    381
    283
    99
    96
    81
    79
    67
    110
    89
    77
    102
    66
    77
    59
    57
    58
    40
    10
    9
    12
    5
    6
    191
    165
    154
    166
    130
    136
    134
    123
    92
    73
    24
    20
    13
    13
    13
    35
    24
    34
    38
    20
    33
    28
    25
    16
    14
    5
    4
    1
    2
    2
    3
    2
    3
    0
    3
    1
    1
    2
    1
    2
    1
    0
    1
    0
    0
    21
    34
    18
    26
    9
    21
    22
    13
    18
    10
    1
    1
    5
    0
    2
    74
    113
    73
    94
    44
    70
    95
    49
    51
    46
    12
    11
    12
    9
    8
    27
    1
    43
    11
    38
    22
    2
    3
    1
    4
    0
    0
    1
    1
    0


    Pitchers | Hitters | Matchup Breakdown | Big Picture

    Matchups
    Athletics:
  • Despite its offensive prowess, pitching likely will make the difference against the three-time defending World Series champions. Manager Art Howe arranged the four starters in a lefty-righty-lefty-righty rotation, with 21-game winner Mulder pitching in Game 1 and 18-game winner Hudson in Game 2.
  • After being swept in first series against Yankees to finish 8-18 April, A's swept pair of three-game series in Oakland against New York.
  • Giambi's two-run, ninth-inning homer off Stanton finished off the final sweep with a 4-2 win on Aug. 12.
  • Giambi and Dye each homered three times vs. Yankees.
  • Oakland seems to be as capable as anyone of snuffing the Yankees' postseason mystique. Some of the A's biggest contributors -- Mulder and Damon, for instance -- have no postseason experience, but most of the roster learned about playoff pressure from last season's five-game division series loss to New York.
    Yankees:
  • Clemens lost twice to Oakland in last year's playoffs. He is 14-14 in his career against the A's -- the only AL team he doesn't have a winning record against.
  • Stanton and Rivera were keys in last year's series, allowing only one run in 9 1/3 innings.
  • Beat Mulder, Hudson and Zito in succession in three-game sweep at Yankee Stadium in April. But A's have been a different team since.
  • Williams (.091, 1 RBI) and O'Neill (.207) struggled against Oakland this season.
  • The Yankees went 22-21 against lefty starters, and will face three (Mulder twice and Zito once) if series goes the limit.
  • Hernandez is 5-0 in his career against A's -- including win in Game 3 of last year's playoffs -- but his health is a question heading into series.
  • Jeter hit .342 with two homers and Martinez batted .314 against A's this season.


  • Pitchers | Hitters | Matchup Breakdown | Big Picture

    Athletics
  • Baseball's best team over the past three months heads into the postseason on a serious roll. The A's are 58-17 since the All-Star break -- the second best post-break record ever. Oakland won at least 100 games for the ninth time in club history.
  • The A's achievements are even more remarkable considering they started the season 8-18.
  • Giambi, a soon-to-be free agent who might be wearing pinstripes next season, has been outstanding for Oakland in the regular season's final weeks, cementing his case for a second AL MVP award.
  • Dye has been impressive as a midseason acquisition, averaging nearly one RBI per game. He also has protected Giambi from the cleanup spot, giving him many more quality pitches to hit.
  • All four of the A's starters have been outstanding down the stretch. Zito, who beat the Yankees in Game 4 of last season's division series, was the AL Pitcher of the Month in August and September, while Mulder won the award in July and led the league in victories. Hudson has been his usual steady self, and Lidle won a spot in the postseason rotation with an impressive, consistent season that didn't show up in his statistics until the A's began to play better overall.
  • Oakland's Coliseum, usually among the league's quietest stadiums, will be loud for Games 3 and 4. The A's experienced a significant upswing in attendance this season.
  • Chavez and Tejada are the first third baseman-shortstop combo in baseball history to hit 30 homers apiece.

  • Yankees
  • Manager Joe Torre doesn't have the big bats that the A's have, but pitching -- especially the bullpen -- has been the key to run of four World Series titles in his five seasons in New York.
  • Looking to become just third team to win four straight titles, joining Yankees from 1949-53 and 1936-39.
  • Torre and GM Brian Cashman are in the final year of their contracts and could be let go by demanding owner George Steinbrenner if they don't deliver another championship.
  • Weren't the best team in the AL during the regular season, but always play best in biggest situations. Lost 15 of 18 to end last season, but recovered to beat A's in first round on way to World Series title.
  • Justice and O'Neill struggled down stretch of regular season and enter playoffs limping. Torre might not be able to use either in outfield, forcing him to choose which one to play at DH and use Spencer in right field.
  • Williams is key to making the offense go. Appears to have hit his stride after slow September, with three homers in first week of October.
  • Jeter and Brosius made 37 errors on left side of infield.
  • Mendoza will be counted on to replace departed Jeff Nelson as righty setup man for Rivera.

  • Things To Look For
  • Last Hurrah? O'Neill, Martinez, Brosius and Knoblauch -- key cogs in the last three World Series titles -- all could be in their final days in pinstripes.
  • Dye Job. The acquisition of Dye was one of the key moves of the season. He has 13 homers, 59 RBIs and a .297 average in 61 games since joining Oakland from Kansas City in a three-way trade with Colorado on July 25. The Athletics are 48-14 since the trade and 12-1 when he homers.
  • Got to Go to Mo. The starting pitching is even, Oakland has the better offense, but the Yankees have Rivera -- the greatest postseason reliever ever. Rivera has an 0.71 ERA in the postseason and hasn't blown a lead since Game 4 of the ALDS in 1997. Torre doesn't hesitate to bring in his closer in the eighth inning, meaning Oakland better get ahead early.
  • Izzy ready? Isringhausen was terrible earlier this season. But since he figured out he was tipping his pitches by the way he stepped on the rubber, he has converted nine straight save opportunities. Still, he could be the weakest link on the A's pitching staff.
  • The Associated Press contributed to this report.

     

       
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