Subway Series champs and chumps
Some players step up their game when the Mets play the Yankees. Others melt under the pressure. Here are some of the best and worst players in Subway Series history, updated through the first edition of the 2012 rivalry.
Alfonzo's .258 slugging percentage is the worst for a Met in Subway Series history. His .183 average is tied with Cliff Floyd for third worst.
Appier may have only spent the 2001 season with the Mets, but he made his Subway Series time count. In two games, Appier was 0-1, but posted a Mets record 0.60 ERA in 15 innings (minimum 15 innings).
Benitez is tied with Billy Wagner for the Mets Subway Series save record (5), posting a 3.00 ERA.
The much maligned Burnett actually has the best Yankees ERA – 1.33 – in Subway Series history (minimum 15 innings). He went 3-0 in three starts (20.1 innings).
Cabrera may now have developed into a potential All-Star, but when he was with the Yankees his performance against the Mets was just subpar. His .202 average and .250 slugging percentage against the Mets are all-time lows for a Yankees player in the Subway Series (minimum 50 at-bats).
Cedeno leads all Mets in the Subway Series (minimum 50 at-bats) with a .323 average. Cedeno was 21-for-65 in 17 games, and also posted the second most stolen bases (9).
Clemens went 2-5 against the Mets in seven starts with the Yankees, the highest loss total for a Yankees starter. His 6.36 ERA is also fairly unsightly.
Floyd has a mixed Subway Series history. On one hand he's tied with Edgardo Alfonzo for the third worst average among Mets (.183). But Floyd is also tied with Mike Piazza and David Wright for most home runs by a Met in the Subway Series (8).
Jeter holds several Subway Series marks for the Yankees (minimum 50 at-bats). His .378 average (125-for-331) leads all Subway Series players, as does his 13 home runs, 43 RBIs and 18 stolen bases. In 81 games against the Mets, Jeter has a .431 on-base percentage and .565 slugging percentage.
Randy Johnson was a shell of his former self while pitching for the Yankees, and he was no different as a pitcher against the Mets. His 7.03 ERA in the Subway Series is the worst all-time for a Yankee (minimum 15 innings). Johnson went 0-2 in four games (24.1 innings).
Leiter has the dubious distinction of owning both the Mets wins and losses records for the Subway Series. He went 5-5 in 10 games (66.2 innings).
Matsui leads all Subway Series participants with a .586 slugging percentage. Matsui also had a .310 average (36-for-116) and nine home runs in 32 games.
Ordonez played in 21 Subway Series games and got 68 at-bats. He did not make the most of his time, however, posting a .176 average – the lowest in Mets Subway Series history.
Pettitte leads the Yankees in Subway Series wins with 6. The reliable lefty is 6-5 against the Mets in 14 starts, posting a 3.91 ERA. His 80 strikeouts and 37 walks are also Yankees records.
The powerful Piazza leads the Mets with a .554 slugging percentage and 77 total bases against the Yankees. He's also tied with Cliff Floyd and David Wright with eight home runs. Piazza is second in several other categories: games (38), at-bats (139), runs (24), hits (44), doubles (9) and average (.317).
Reyes leads the Mets with 51 hits, 27 RBIs (tied with David Wright) and 14 stolen bases in the Subway Series, but some of his other numbers are equally impressive for a guy usually thought of as a speedster. His 75 total bases are third in Mets history and he also slugged five home runs.
The MLB all-time saves leader is also the Subway Series leader with 20 saves. Rivera does have an uncharacteristically high 3.28 ERA, however. In 33 games (35.2 innings) he's gone 4-3.
He's forever earned a place in Mets fans hearts by throwing the franchise's first no-hitter. But his follow-up performance to the no-no helped earn him a much less coveted spot spot. Santana, 2-4 in six Subway Series starts, owns the worst Mets Subway Series ERA at 6.88. He was trailing Tom Glavine (6.40 ERA) for awhile, but after giving up six runs (four home runs) in five innings against the Yankees on June 8, he easily moved into the lead.
Wagner is tied with Armando Benitez for the most Mets saves in Subway Series history. In 10 appearances, Wagner posted five saves.
Wright was on the cusp of several Mets Subway Series records before the first edition of the rivalry in early June. Though he only went 2-for-10 with a home run and an RBI during that three game sweep, his performance helped him top the leader board in three categories. Wright is now tied with Cliff Floyd and Mike Piazza with eight home runs, his 27 Subway Series RBIs ties him with Jose Reyes and he has the outright lead with 79 total bases.