Phillies-Yankees: World Series Game 2 preview

Posted: October 29, 2009

PHILLIES at NEW YORK YANKEES

Yankee Stadium, 7:57 p.m.

TV: FOX. Radio: WPHT (1210), WUBA (1480), ESPN (97.5-FM, 950-AM)

Weather: Low 50s, clear.

Game Line: Yankees -$185; Phillies +$160. Over/Under: 8 1/2 Runs.

3 keys to Game 2

1. Wait for Burnett to bring it. The Angels clobbered meaty strikes the second time they faced A.J. Burnett in the ALCS because they realized he doesn't like to nip the corners. Make the umpires make Burnett bring it in, then rip it.

2. Six solid from Pedro Martinez. He doesn't have to dominate the Yankees as he did the callow, punchless Dodgers in Game 2 of the NLCS, but he does need to limit the damage and keep the Bombers in the easily left park.

3. Some output from Raul Ibanez. He has been virtually absent from the team's consciousness since his return from injury in July. His numbers against Burnett aren't great, and he seems baffled at the plate.

Pitching matchup

Phillies RHP Pedro Martinez

Regular season

2009: 5-1; 3.63 ERA; 9 games/9 starts; 9.67 hits/9 innings; 4.63 strikeouts/walks; 7 home runs; 0-0 vs. Yankees.

Career: 219-100; 2.93 ERA; 476 games/409 starts; 7.07 hits/9 innings; 4.15 strikeouts/walks; 239 home runs; 11-11 vs. Yankees.

Postseason

2009: 0-0; 0.00 ERA; 1 game/1 start; 2.57 hits/9 innings; 3/0 strikeouts/walks; 0 home runs; 0-0 vs. Yankees.

Career: 602; 3.13 ERA; 14 games/12 starts; 6.78 hits/9 innings; 3.19 strikeouts/walks; 7 home runs; 1-2 vs. Yankees.

Last start: Oct. 16 at Dodgers (ND); 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 K.

Yankees RHP A.J. Burnett

Regular season

2009: 13-9; 4.04 ERA; 33 games/33 starts; 8.39 hits/9 innings; 2.01 strikeouts/walks; 25 home runs; 0-1 vs. Phillies.

Career: 100-85; 3.84 ERA; 248 games/244 starts; 7.91 hits/9 innings; 2.22 strikeouts/walks; 147 home runs; 5-8 vs. Phillies.

Postseason

2009: 0-0; 4.42 ERA; 3 games/3 starts; 8.03 hits/9 innings; 1.30 strikeouts/walks; 0 home runs; 0-0 vs. Phillies.

Career: 0-0; 4.42 ERA; 3 games/3 starts; 8.03 hits/9 innings; 1.30 strikeouts/walks; 0 home runs; 0-0 vs. Phillies.

Last start: Oct. 22 at Angels (L); 6 IP; 8 H, 6 R, 3 K.

Remaining schedule

Game 3: Saturday, 7:57 p.m.

Yankees (Pettitte, 14-8) at Phillies (Hamels, 10-11)

Game 4: Sunday, 8:20 p.m.

Yankees at Phillies

*Game 5: Monday, 7:57 p.m.

Yankees at Phillies

*Game 6: Wednesday, Nov. 4, 7:57 p.m.

Phillies at Yankees

*Game 7: Thursday Nov. 5, 7:57 p.m.

Phillies at Yankees

* - if necessary

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