New York Mets Vs. Yankees: Position By Position

Second Base:

Stephen Drew versus Daniel Murphy

Drew had a horrendous season last season, hitting .162 for both the Red Sox and Yankees. With a full spring training this year, one would guess his numbers will go up, but do not expect a big season from Drew. Murphy is a fan favorite of the Mets, but they are blinded by his .300 average and hustle plays. Murphy has average of only 1.7 WAR the past three seasons.

Edge: Mets. Murphy is a better hitter than Drew but Murphy is not an All-Star second baseman even though he was one last year.

Third Base:

Chase Headley versus David Wright

The Yankees mid-summer trade of Headley paid off, as he was a decent third baseman for them last season. They decided to resign him this offseason to man the position. Headley’s big 2012 with the Padres, where he led the league in RBIs and hit 30 home runs, seems to be more of an outlier than his regular production. Wright was hurt most of last season and therefore had a down year. The captain of the Mets is the biggest player for them this year. If he can get back to his 2013 numbers of .329/.413/.603, he can boost the Mets into the playoffs.

Edge: Mets. It’s close but if Wright is fully healthy, he is one of the best third baseman in the league.

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