The guys at nybaseballdigest.com know how to fill the October void around here. While the real World Series begins tonight in St. Pete, a simulated Yankee Stadium will host Game 1 of a What-If Subway Series -- 1969 Mets vs. 1978 Yankees.
Courtesy of Mike Silva, here are tonight's starting lineups from the Stadium, where Tom Seaver will oppose Ron Guidry:
1. Tommie Agee CF; 2. Bud Harrelson SS; 3. Cleon Jones LF; 4. Donn Clendenon 1B; 5. Ron Swoboda RF; 6. Ed Charles 3B; 7. Jerry Grote; 8. Rod Gaspar DH; 9. Al Weis 2B.
1. Mickey Rivers CF; 2. Roy White LF; 3. Thurman Munson C; 4. Reggie Jackson DH; 5. Lou Piniella RF; 6. Graig Nettles 3B; 7. Chris Chambliss 1B; 8. Brian Doyle 2B; 9. Bucky Dent SS.
You're invited to predict the winner at: http://nybaseballdigest.com/?p=3128 We'll also follow the results on this blog. This Mets club hit .240 and won the pennant, but they look awfully challenged here. We say Yankees in 5. Then again, the '69 Orioles were a powerhouse (there was no DH in '69, too).