Two underrated lefties take the hill today.
For the Yankees, Andy Pettitte, the perpetual near retiree. After signing AJ and CC, the Yankees were seriously contemplating Life After Andy. Thankfully, Andy swallowed some of his pride, took a massive pay cut from the $16M he made in 2008, then made good on his incentive laden deal.
Like Pedro on Thursday, Andy's success comes with guts, guile and changing speed to keep hitters off balance.
For the Phillies, Cole Hamels has been the poster child for the overuse of a young pitcher. He threw a total of 262 innings in 2008, and came back to Spring Training 2009 with a sore arm and completed the season with a painfully high ERA (4.32). His H/9 jumped from 7.6 to 9.6. On the other hand, his BB/9 dropped from 2.1 to 2.9, his HR/9 and K/9 are identical to last season. Meanwhile, his BABIP has soared from .270 to .325.
That's another very good pitcher on the mound for the Phillies tonight, here's to his bad luck continuing through the postseason.
Pitching has dominated the first 2 games, with the superstar sluggers Arod and Ryan Howard going 0/8, 0BB, 6K and 2/9, 0BB, 6K respectively. Andy will have to hold down one of the best offenses in the game, while the Yanks need to get something going early and into the Phillies' bullpen.
10/31/09 7:57 PM EDT
|New York Yankees||Philadelphia Phillies|
|Derek Jeter - SS||Jimmy Rollins - SS|
|Johnny Damon - LF||Shane Victorino - CF|
|Mark Teixeira - 1B||Chase Utley - 2B|
|Alex Rodriguez - 3B||Ryan Howard - 1B|
|Jorge Posada - C||Jayson Werth - RF|
|Robinson Cano - 2B||Raul Ibanez - LF|
|Nick Swisher - RF||Pedro Feliz - 3B|
|Melky Cabrera - CF||Carlos Ruiz - C|
|Andy Pettitte - P||Cole Hamels - P|