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New York Yankees (2-1) at Philadelphia Phillies (1-2)
CC Sabathia, LHP, vs. Joe Blanton, RHP
The Phillies must even up the series after dropping last night's game. Joe Blanton and the Phillies need to do whatever it takes to avoid falling to a 3-1 deficit.
Instead of throwing out Cliff Lee on three day's of rest, Charlie Manuel opted to go with Blanton. Blanton last started in the National League Championship series and he allowed three earned runs in six innings. Blanton has struggled mightily against the Yankees throughout his career, but has not faced them since last season. The Phillies are in desperate need of a solid outing from Blanton, especially with Cole Hamels' poor performance last night.
For the second time this postseason, CC Sabathia will pitch on short rest. The 280-pound left-hander threw 113 pitches in game one of the World Series. Sabathia pitched well, but was out-dueled by Lee and could not find a way to get Chase Utley out.
The offense is a big reason why the Phillies are in the World Series, but they are also a big reason why they are trailing 2-1. They have faced great pitching, but the Phillies are more than capable of putting up crooked numbers. Other than Utley in game one, the only players who are doing well are Jayson Werth (.400) and Carlos Ruiz (.333).