Also, if you look at the teams that have won the World Series recently, they all have good leadoff hitters (except for Arizona which had great pitching):
Marlins: Castillo and Pierre were perfect in the 1 and 2 spots
Angels: the trio of Eckstein, Erstad and Kennedy batted 1,2 and 9 IIRC, and were on base almost all the time, and made things happen.
Yankees: None really stand out except for Jeter, who is great in the post-season, but there were a lot of get-on-base types (Paul O'Neill and Bernie Williams are good examples) who didn't have a lot of power, but would take turns hitting each other in.
The Yankees aren't like that anymore (pitching or offense). Last year Giambi and Soriano struck out far too much in big spots. If that kind of thing happens again this year, they won't win. But if they try to go back to the formula they had before, they could just roll through.
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