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WORLD SERIES GAME 3 PREVIEW

TALE OF THE TAPE: GAME 3 STARTERS

YANKEES – Andy Pettitte

“I just try to simplify it, whether it’s a clincher, whether we’d been down, 2-0. I can’t do anything else except go out and make my pitches. I can’t really control anything other than that, so why worry about it?”

BREAKDOWN

  • 2009 Regular Season – 14-8, 32 GS, 4.16 ERA
  • Pettitte has gone 2-and-0 through 3 games in the postseason with a low ERA of 2.37.
  • Andy Pettitte is the winningest pitcher in postseason history, clinching the record number 16 win to clinch the ALCS, in his only 2 career starts in Citizens Bank Park he’s 1-and-0 with a 0.75 ERA.

KEY STAT: Allowed 193 H in 194 and two thirds innings pitched.

KEY MATCHUPS

  • Jayson Werth, 1-for-13 with 5 K
  • Carlos Ruiz, 2-for-3, HR

PHILLIES – Cole Hamels

“I actually feel great right now.”

BREAKDOW

  • A loosing 2009 Regular Season for Hamels – 10-11, 32 GS, 4.32 ERA
  • Hamels has 1 win and 1 loss through 3 games during the postseason with a high ERA of 6.75.
  • Cole Hamels recorded a no decision in his only start against the Yankees in 2009, but he had an ERA of 3.00, the biggest concern for Hamels is the fact that he’s allowed 6 HRs in 3 playoff starts.

KEY STAT: Opponents hit .273 off Hamels.

KEY MATCHUPS

  • Alex Rodriguez, 0-for-4
  • Johnny Damon, 3-for-5, 2B

TV: FOX 7:57 PM ET

COMMENTARY: Will it be Trick or Treat for Yankee batters on a cloudy Halloween night at Citizens Bank Park? Can Hamels keep it in the yard, or will Pettitte add to his postseason luster with win number 17? As almost a full moon peeks over the clouds, one thing is certain, tonight can be a wild one.

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