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Philadelphia Phillies (2-3) at New York Yankees (3-2)
Pedro Martinez, RHP, vs. Andy Pettitte, LHP.
Once again, it's do or die. Cliff Lee and Chase Utley pushed this series to Game 6. Now, Pedro Martinez is handed the ball, needing to further extend the series. A win evens the series and keeps the Phillies' hopes of repeating alive.
Pedro Martinez lost to the Yankees in Game 2, but he pitched very well. He gave up three runs in six innings, but this is the type of situation "the most influential player that ever stepped into Yankee Stadium" thrives.
The Phillies owe Pedro. He has been excellent during the postseason, but the Phillies failed to provide him with run support. Chase Utley brings in a hot bat and could break Reggie Jackson's World Series home run record. Jayson Werth hit two home runs off Pettitte earlier this series.
Unlike Pedro who is pitching on normal rest, Andy Pettitte is pitching on three days' rest. In his career, Pettitte is 4-6 with a 4.15 ERA on short rest, with his last appearance coming in 2006. Pettitte has been perfect (wins-wise) this postseason. He won both clinching games of the postseason this year, and he has a chance for another.
It's a must-in. Keep the high hopes!
Phillies Lineup: Shane Victorino is in the lineup despite having a bruised finger. Raul Ibanez will DH with Ben Francisco in left. Pedro Feliz is batting seventh.
Rollins (SS), Victorino (CF), Utley (2B), Howard (1B), Werth (RF), Ibanez (DH), Feliz (3B), Francisco (LF), Ruiz (C).
Yankees Lineup: Jeter (SS), Damon (LF), Teixeira (1B), Rodriguez (3B), Matsui (DH), Posada (C), Cano (2B), Swisher (RF), Gardner (CF).