Wednesday, November 4, 2009

World Series Preview, Game 6: Phillies at Yankees

Trying to extend the World Series to a 7th game for the first time since the 2001 postseason, when the Yankees lost to the Diamondbacks, the Phillies head to New York. The Yankees lead the series 3-2 and still stand just 27 outs from their 27th World Series Championship. The pitching match up pits two pitching greats, as Andy Pettitte and Pedro Martinez look to add to their legendary resumes. Read ahead for pitching match ups and other details from this game.

Wednesday, 7:57pm. Pedro Martinez (0-1, 2.08 ERA in postseason) vs. Andy Pettitte (3-0, 3.24 ERA in postseason). On the road this season, Pedro was 3-1 in 4 starts with a 5.66 ERA. Martinez is 11-11 with a 3.20 ERA in 32 career starts against the Yankees. In his lone home start this postseason, Pettitte allowed 1 run over 6 1/3 innings to Anaheim. During the regular season, Pettitte was 6-4 with a 4.59 ERA in 16 road starts.

Ryan Howard tied the all time record of 12 strikeouts in a single World Series, matching the record by Willie Wilson set in 1980. Howard is just 3-for-19 (.158 batting avg.) in this series.

Carlos Ruiz is batting .310 (13-for-42) in 14 games this postseason with a .977 OPS.

In 22 career postseason games, Ryan Madson is 2-0 with 1 save and a 2.78 ERA. In those games, Madson has struck out 26 batters and walked 7 in 22 2/3 innings pitched.

Mariano Rivera is 0-0 with 5 saves in 11 games this postseason. In 14 1/3 postseason innings this year, opponents are batting .170. In his career, Rivera is 8-1, with a 0.75 ERA and 39 saves in 87 postseason games. In 23 career World Series games, Rivera has 11 saves and a 1.04 ERA.

Mark Teixeira is batting .172 (10-for-58) in 14 postseason game this year...and .105 (2-for-19) in the World Series.

Hideki Matsui is 5-for-9 (.555 avg) with 2 homers in the World Series. In 55 career postseason games, Matsui is a .303 hitter (61-for-201) with 9 homers and 33 RBI. At home this year, Matsui batted .265 with 13 homeruns and 49 RBI in 75 games.

Don't forget that Wednesdays are PhoulBallz Phillies Wednesdays on The Shore Sports Report. I will be on he air to chat it up with Mike & Joe around 3:20 today. Click the link or tune into Fox Sports 1310 or WOBM AM 1160 in New Jersey to check it out. The Shore Sports Report is on every weekday from 3pm-6pm.

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