.268, 18 HRs, 73 RBIs
Goes up there swinging. Good athlete who can make a play on defense or steal a base.
OF Shane Spencer excellent against lefties. A gap-to-gap hitter with good power. Underrated defensively. IF Randy Velarde's game has slowed. Can only handle balls out over the plate. IF Clay Bellinger a limited player who might see time as pinch runner. IF Luis Sojo is a good fastball hitter who can rise to the occasion. His best role is as a pinch hitter. IF Enrique Wilson valuable defensively: can play three positions. Good fastball hitter from the left side.
Roger Clemens (20-3, 3.51 ERA)
Can crank it up and give you a great start, but not as sharp as he was most of the season. Throwing more splitters now, which he tries to get guys to chase.
Andy Pettitte (15-10, 3.99 ERA)
A big-game guy. Throws four pitches—fastball, cutter, curve, change—for strikes. Especially effective against teams with lefthanded power. Has risen to the occasion year after year.
Mike Mussina (17-11, 3.15 ERA)
Showed in Division Series Game 3 why the Yankees paid him big free-agent money. Can stifle an attack with his fastball, splitter, curve and change, all of which he throws for strikes, plus his ability to create on the mound.
Orlando Hernandez (4-7, 4.85 ERA)
Not as effective as he once was, but on any given day can come up big. Injuries have taken a toll on his stuff.
RHP Mariano Rivera still game's best closer. Great cutter allows him to pound lefties inside. Throws strikes and has the confidence to come through with the game on the line. LHP Mike Stanton gets righties out as well as lefties. Has curve, slider and plus fastball. Valuable bridge to Rivera. RHP Ramiro Mendoza runs hot and cold. When his sinker is good, nothing comes in above thigh-high; when it's bad, everything is up and he gets whacked. RHP Jay Witasick has straight fastball teams can adjust to. Hasn't gotten slider over consistently. LHP Sterling Hitchcock can give you an inning as a bridge, especially against lefties.
HOW TO BEAT THEM
Get the lead early and make the Yankees chase you; hope they don't grind out at bats. Get to the lesser arms of the bullpen early. If you have to chase this team, then you have to get through Stanton and Rivera—and nobody has been successful doing that for three years.