So now what?

Game 2 features the return of an old friend in Pedro Martinez. Talk about storylines, eh? From his days with the RedSox, to his rapid decline on the Mets, to the mango tree, to his resurrection on the Phillies… it’s quite a story. And I can’t wait.

As Will noted in our Starters Preview:

Pedro Martinez had an alarmingly high LD% in his limited time this season, without an accompanying disastrous BABIP. He also had a tremendous LOB%. He’s probably not done as a pitcher yet, as evidenced by his K/BB, but he shouldn’t be in the rotation in the World Series. He’s not good enough. Luckily for the Yankees, it appears Charlie Manuel has been fooled by his recent performances, and will run him out against the Yankees, who are probably drooling at the prospect. Joe Blanton doesn’t like particularly good in this comparison either, with his AL-sized ERA in spite of a 79% LOB rate.

Will relies on data to drive to a conclusion.…

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The Prodigal Son Returns

Yes, Yankees fans, tonight is the night that Public Enemy #1 returns to the Bronx as a shell of his former self. Let’s hear from the man himself:

I don’t know if you realize this, but because of you guys in some ways, I might be at times the most influential player that ever stepped in...

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Stunned silence

  • I can’t fault Girardi’s move to have Hughes start the 7th inning; it just didn’t work as Hughes was once again unable to do anything. Hughes walked the first two, who eventually came around to score.
  • Whowouldathunkit: Hughes remarkably ineffective and booed upon leaving; Marte effective and cheered upon leaving.
  • D-Rob, the hope Yanks fans had in the rebuilding of the bridge to Mo, failed.
  • Speaking of Mo, Girardi probably should have gone to Mo instead of D-Rob. I know Girardi wants to keep Mo fresh in case he needs him tomorrow, but that spot was custom-made for Mo.
  • Bruney, um no thanks. Can we recall Freddy Guzman?
  • That whole thing about the Yanks having the advantage in the BP…nevermind.
  • I can’t say enough good things about the job Cliff Lee did tonite. Utterly stunning. Roy who?
  • I know why Manuel left Lee out there (to get the shutout, being utterly dominant, etc.), but once the shutout is gone, pull him.
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Cliff Lee utterly brilliant as Phils take Game 1 of the World Series 6-1

For 8 innings tonight, Cliff Lee looked poised to throw the second straight World Series shutout at Yankee Stadium. As it was, the utterly dominant Lee (complete game, 1R, 0ER, 6H, 0BB,...

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Yankees drop game one of series as Lee dominates

To have beaten Cliff Lee tonight, the Yankees would have had to pitch perfectly.

Sabathia didn’t even pitch poorly–he’s been so dominant lately that a little bit of rust looked akin to a collapse–but he wasn’t a match for Lee tonight.

Lee’s performance tonight sparked memories of Koufax and Ford–that’s how good it was.

Until the ninth inning,...

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Jim Bouton's just another cranky old former ballplayer

Mr. Bouton’s explanation for pieing had to do with money and the burdens it imposes: The players have to justify their salaries, he said, and the fans have to justify their high-priced tickets.

Therefore, the events on the field have to be more momentous than they’ve ever been,” he said. “So celebrations are vastly more elaborate than in my day. In my day, a guy hit a home run, it was a home run: You put your head down, you ran around the bases, you went in and you shut up. Now it’s a reason for raising your arms to the skies, pirouetting, a curtain call.

Ahhh, so it’s about the money, eh Jimmy? Where have I heard that before?

Seriously though, if you start your argument with “In my day…“, please kindly shut up. It’s not that we don’t want to be regaled with great stories of yore; it’s that your utter disdain with today’s game sickens me.…

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WS G1: Phillies @ Yankees

If you were hoping to see Jay-Z perform today, that performance has been moved to Game 2 (rain).

Lineups via LoHud:

Derek Jeter SS
Johnny Damon LF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Jorge Posada C
Hideki Matsui DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Melky Cabrera CF

Pitching: LHP CC Sabathia (3-0, 1.19 ERA...

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RAB’s pitching preview

Due to practical time constraints, I’ve been unable to complete a thorough pitching analysis (those infield and outfield comparisons took longer than expected). Rather than offer a diluted version, I encourage you to check out Mike’s pitching breakdowns over at River Ave Blues. He’s done a very nice job evaluating the Phillies starting...

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