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Yanks scare off Phils with Halloween victory

Yanks take 2-1 lead in Philli opener.


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Eight years ago today, Derek Jeter lined a ball into the right field stands in Yankee Stadium, winning the game for the Yankees in game four of the World Series. That was the first ever hit in November baseball.
Today, the Yankees continued their Halloween success. Going into the night, the series was tied 1-1 after the first two games took place in New York. After an hour and a half delay due to rain, both teams took the field for the third match-up of this World Series. 
The Phillies struck first in the second inning. A Jason Werth homer, an RBI walk and a sac fly gave the Phillies a quick 3-0 lead. 
The Yankees struck back in the fourth. A-Rod hit a two run homer that included the first overturned home run in World Series history. It was also A-Rod’s first World Series hit in his career.
Cole Hamels started out very strong. But that didn’t last long. He ended the game going 4.1 innings, giving up 5 runs. Those are the same exact numbers he put up the last time he faced the Yankees. 
On the other side, despite a rocky second inning, Pettitte was very strong. He struck out seven batters in 6 innings pitched. He was backed by a perfect bullpen, despite a home run allowed by Phil Hughes who struggles to find a groove this postseason.
Jason Werth added a second homer later on in the game. That is the second time this series that a Philly player has had two homers in a game.
Andy Pettitte also made the highlight reel, recording the first Yankee RBI in a World Series game by a pitcher since Jim Bouton did it in 1964. 
Another big moment came in the eighth inning when Matsui came in to pinch hit and hit a home run. The last Yankee to do that was Jason Giambi in the 2003 WS against the Marlins.
A lot of big moments in this game, all ending in an 8-5 victory for the Yankees. They lead 2-1 going into game four, which is the same situation they faced in the ALCS. I think we would all accept they same outcome.
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World Series Game 3 Preview

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World Series Tied 1-1
Yankees probable pitcher:

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Andy Pettitte
#46 LHP
(14-8) 4.16 ERA 194.2 IP 148 SO 1.382 WHIP
Last Game: 10/25 vs LAA: W, 6.1 IP, 7 H, R, BB, 6 SO
Postseason (2009): (2-0) 2.37 ERA 1.052 WHIP
vs Phillies (Season): (0-0) 5.14 ERA 1.000 WHIP
Away (Season): (8-4) 3.71 ERA 1.257 WHIP
Opposing Hitters (Phillies): 
Most PA: Raul Ibañez (22)
Best BA: Carlos Ruiz (.667, 2 for 3)
Most H: Raul Ibañez (6)
Most HR: Raul Ibañez, Jimmy Rollins, Carlos Ruiz, Jason Werth (1)
Notable Stat: Career @ PHI: 2 GS 0.75 ERA
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Phillies probable pitcher:

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Cole Hamels
#35 LHP
(10-11) 4.32 ERA 193.2 IP 168 SO 1.286 WHIP
Last Game: 10/21 vs LAD: ND, 4.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, BB, 3 SO, 3 HR
Postseason (2009): (1-1) 6.75 ERA 1.500 WHIP
vs Yankees (Season): (0-0) 3.00 ERA 1.333 WHIP
Home (Season): (7-5) 3.76 ERA 1.120 WHIP
Opposing Hitters (Yankees):
Most PA: Mark Teixeira (17)
Best BA: Johnny Damon (.600, 3 for 5)
Most H: Mark Teixeira (5)
Most HR: Mark Teixeira (2)
Notable Stat: Night games: 3.95 ERA
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Keys to the Game:
  • Swing Early: Opposing hitters have a .329 batting average when they swing at Hamels first pitch.
  • Handle Howard: Howard hits over 100 points lower against lefties. Pettitte is obviously a lefty, and if he can keep Howard in check, this game will be a whole lot easier.
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Bring on the Phillies

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First pitch of the 2009 World Series:
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The stage is all set. The defending champion Philadelphia Phillies will face off against The New York Yankees starting Wednesday night. While it may seem very easy to celebrate and get all happy right now, remember, there is still one more mountain to climb. It’s a mountain that may be the most difficult to climb this year. It should be a good series. Below I have a list of a couple of things to keep in mind as the series progresses. 

  1. CC Sabathia’s Saved: With the win on Sunday, the Yankees avoided using CC Sabathia again and their rotation will go unaffected. CC can now pitch game 1 rather than having to wait until game 3 if a game 7 was needed. It’s a situation that has probably kept the Yankees as favorites in this series. 
  2. Phillies in Game 2: Cliff Lee will start game 1, no doubt. But the question still looms for the Phillies over who their game 2 starter will be. They have a few options. They can go with the future hall of famer, Pedro Martinez, who has much experience against the Yankees. Or, they can go with the defending World Series MVP, Cole Hamels. If it was last year, Hamels would have been a no doubter. But its not last year. After a disappointing season, Hamels has pitched to a 6.75 ERA in 3 postseason starts.
  3. Howard vs Lefties: The win in game 6 also allowed for the Yankees to throw 5 lefties should the series go to seven games. That will be a problem for the 2009 NLCS MVP, Ryan Howard. In the regular season, Howard hit .207 against lefties, and .319 against righties. If the Phillies are going to win this series, Howard will be a part of it. And the heavy left handed staff for the Yankees may come in the way of that. 
  4. Can A-Rod Continue?: With another series comes another question: Can A-Rod keep it up? He hit .455 in the LDS and .429 in the LCS. He has combined for 5 HR’s and 12 RBI’s. Toward the end of the series, the Angels began to pitch around him, and it will be interesting to see how the Phillies deal with him. In this lineup, you may need to pitch to him. 
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