Saturday, October 31, 2009

World Series Preview, Games 3 & 4: Yankees @ Phillies


Just like last year, the World Series arrives in Philadelphia tied 1-1. Wet weather threatens the start time of game 3. Rain is expected from 4pm Saturday throughout the evening. Game 3 was delayed by weather last year also.
Read ahead for reviews of the upcoing pitching match ups and other key details...


Saturday, 7:57pm. Andy Pettitte (14-8, 4.16 ERA in regular season) vs. Cole Hamels (10-11, 4.32 ERA in regular season). Pettitte has 16 career postseason wins. Pettitte is 4-2 with a 3.89 ERA over his last 8 starts. In 7 career games against the Phillies, Pettitte is 2-2 with a 3.67 ERA. On the road this year, Pettitte was 8-4 with a 3.71 ERA and a .230 batting avg. against. Jayson Werth, Matt Stairs, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard are a combined 3-for-38 (.079 avg.) against Pettitte in their careers, with just 2 RBI. Colbert is 3-3 with a 5.09 ERA over his last 8 starts. Hamels at home this season was 7-5 with a 3.76 ERA in 17 starts. Derek Jeter, Melky Cabrera and Johnny Damon are a combined 10-for-18 (.555 avg.) off of Hamels in their careers, with 2 RBI. Cole allowed only 2 runs in 6 innings pitched, struck out 5 and walked none in a no decision vs. the Yankees in May.

Sunday, 8:20pm. CC Sabathia or Chad Gaudin vs. Joe Blanton (12-8, 4.05 ERA in regular season). There is still no official word from Yankees manager Joe Girardi on who will start game 4. Blanton has allowed 5 earned runs in 9 2/3 innings pitched (4.66 ERA) this post season. Blanton is 3-2 with a 5.30 ERA in his last 8 appearances. At home this season, Blanton was 7-4 with a 3.77 ERA in 16 starts. Alex Rodriguez is 4-for-7 off of Blanton with 2 homers and 5 RBI. Blanton hit a homerun in game 4 of the World Series last year.


Derek Jeter is a career .333 hitter against the Phillies, with 5 homers, 14 RBI and a 1.000 OPS in 21 games. Jeter has played in 134 postseason games in his career.

Robinson Cano is batting .214 in the 2009 postseason (9-for-42). Cano is a .231 hitter in 24 career postseason games.

Hideki Matsui hasn't played the outfield since June, 2008.

In 33 career post season games, Pedro Feliz is 18-for-92 (.196 avg.) with just 2 doubles, 1 homerun and 7 RBI. Feliz is batting just .132 this postseason in 11 games.

In 7 career World Series games, Jayson Werth is 10-for-24 (.417 avg.). Werth has a 1.040 OPS in 31 career postseason games.

Greg Dobbs' status for game 3 is uncertain. Dobbs was sent home prior to game 2, because he is sick with the flu.

9 of the last 10 teams to win Game 3, when the World Series was tied 1-1, went on to win the Series.

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