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World Series 2009, Games 1 & 2 Preview: Phillies @ Yankees


Finally, the World Series has come back to New York City! The Phillies are in New York to defend their World Championship against a new challenger, the Yankees. Read on for pitching match ups and other key notes from this series.


Wednesday, 7:57pm. Cliff Lee (7-4, 3.39 in the National League this regular season) vs. CC Sabathia (19-8, 3.37 ERA in regular season). Lee is 2-0 with a 0.74 ERA in 3 starts this post season. In 2 starts against the Yankees this year, Lee is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA in 12 innings pitched. Lee is 3-2 with a 4.94 ERA in 5 career starts in New York. Derek Jeter is 11-for-27 (.407 avg) with 3 doubles against Lee in his career. Sabathia is 3-0 with a 1.19 ERA in 3 post season starts this year. Last year, in the division series, Sabathia lasted just 3 2/3 innings, giving up 5 earned runs to the Phillies while with the Brewers, including a grand slam to Shane Victorino. In Yankee Stadium this year, including the post season, Sabathia is 9-2 with a 2.93 ERA.

Thursday, 7:57pm. Pedro Martinez (5-1, 3.63 in regular season) vs. AJ Burnett (13-9, 4.04 ERA in regular season). Including postseason games, Martinez is 12-13 in his career against the Yankees with a 3.41 ERA. Jorge Posada is 11-for-60 (.183 avg) in his career against Martinez with 4 homers and 10 RBI. In his career against the Phillies, Burnett is 5-8 in 17 games, with a 4.75 ERA. Burnett lost to the Phillies on May 22nd in New York. Burnett has no decisions this post season, in 3 games, but has a 4.42 ERA and a .187 batting avg. against. Ryan Howard is 2-for-12 (.167 avg) vs. Burnett in his career...both hits are homeruns.


Chase Utley is 3-for-35 (.086 avg) in his post season career vs. left handed pitchers. Utley is hitting .303 with a .439 OBP this post season.

Pedro Feliz is 4-for-28 (.143 avg), with just 2 RBI, in his regular season career against CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett and Andy Pettitte.

On the road this regular season, Raul Ibanez had a .283 batting avg. and a .931 OPS. He hit 21 of his 34 homeruns on the road this season. Ibanez is batting .226 in 9 games this post season.

Phil Hughes has a 0-1 record and a 5.79 ERA this post season in 6 appearances. At home in the regular season, Hughes was 4-1 with a 2.50 ERA and a save in 27 games.

Hideki Matsui is 1-for-10 in his career against the Phillies. Matsui is 5-for-35 (.143 avg.) in his last 10 home games, including the post season.

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