Game 4 scouting report

Wednesday, October 25th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

YANKEES STARTER DENNY NEAGLE (15-10, both leagues): Neagle, a left-hander, lost his only two playoff starts, both against Seattle in the AL Championship Series, and was criticized for not being more aggressive. Since beating Florida on a four-hit shutout in the 1997 NL Championship Series, Neagle is winless in four postseason appearances. He did pitch well against the Mets this year, however. In his only start, which came on April 26 while he was with Cincinnati, Neagle allowed two hits in seven shutout innings.

LOVES TO FACE: Edgardo Alfonzo (4-for-27)

HATES TO FACE: Mike Piazza (10-for-27)

METS STARTER BOBBY J. JONES (12-6): He won seven of his last eight decisions during the regular season and pitched a one-hitter to clinch the NL Division Series against San Francisco. Jones was not as effective against St. Louis in the NL Championship Series. He allowed six runs in four innings against the Cardinals in his last appearance Oct. 15. He was 0-2 against the Yankees this year, allowing 10 runs in 112/3 innings. He was more effective at home, going 7-3 with a 3.60 ERA at Shea Stadium.

LOVES TO FACE: Jorge Posada (1-for-7)

HATES TO FACE: Tino Martinez (6-for-8, 2 HRs)