Who is better?
Looking at the Comparable team, as a whole, yields even more comparisons. The first thing that stood out is the batting order is heavily comprised of right-handed hitters. Next, in the spots where the hitters aren’t as strong, those players are good fielders. Just like the current New York Yankees, there is the right balance of offense and defense.
As for the pitchers, each team has two men with “Ace-like” potential and two more who could put up All-Star numbers under the right circumstances. The bullpens have a fire-balling closer and top-tier setup men.
Yankees lineup vs. Comp team lineup
- DJ LeMahieu – 2B vs. Coco Crisp – CF
- Brett Gardner – LF vs. Cal Ripken Jr. – SS
- Aaron Judge – RF vs. David Justice – RF
- Giancarlo Stanton – DH vs. Harmon Killebrew – 1B
- Gleyber Torres – SS vs. Geoff Jenkins – LF
- Gary Sanchez – C vs. Gil McDougald – 3B
- Aaron Hicks – CF vs. Carlton Fisk – C
- Miguel Andujar – 1B vs. Troy Neel – DH
- Gio Urshella – 3B vs. Aaron Boone – 2B
Yankees rotation vs. Comp team rotation
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- Gerrit Cole vs. Johan Santana
- Masahiro Tanaka vs. Jake Arietta
- James Paxton vs. Corey Kluber
- J.A. Happ vs. Jamie Moyer
- Jordan Montgomery vs. Sean Manaea
Yankees bullpen vs. Comp team bullpen
- Aroldis Chapman vs. Billy Wagner
- Adam Ottavino vs. Jose Veras
- Zack Britton vs. Dan Plesac
- Chad Green vs. Justin Duchscherer
- Tommy Kahnle vs. Adam Ottavino
Deciding a winner was a tough call, but the current New York Yankees is a better team than their same-age counterparts. They have a synergy and fit so well with each other. If the Bombers stay healthy they could beat their totals of 103 wins and 306 home runs. In a seven-game series, however, the sides are close enough to make it enjoyable.