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How good were Cliff Lee and Chase Utley last night in Game 1 of the World Series?
- Lee, who threw a six-hit complete game in a 6-1 victory over the Yankees, is 3-0 with a 0.54 ERA (two earned runs in 33 1/3 innings) in four starts this postseason. He has the seventh-best ERA of any pitcher in a single postseason in baseball history. Waite Hoyt (1921), Carl Hubbell (1933), Christy Mathewson (1905) and Kenny Rogers (2006) had 0.00 ERAs. Sandy Koufax had a 0.38 ERA in 1965 and Harry Brecheen had a 0.45 ERA in 1946. Lee is next, although he is the only one of those pitchers to throw more than 30 innings in a single postseason.
- Utley hit a pair of home runs against Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia to join Babe Ruth as the only two people to hit two home runs against a left-handed pitcher in a World Series game.
- Lee pitched the first complete game in the World Series since Marlins right-hander Josh Beckett threw one against the Yankees in Game 6 of the 2003 World Series. Lee was just the third pitcher in World Series history to have no walks and 10 strikeouts in a game. Pittsburgh’s Deacon Phillippe (Game 1 of the 1903 World Series against the Red Sox) and Brooklyn’s Don Newcombe (Game 1 of the 1949 World Series against the Yankees) were the others.
- Utley became the third player in Phillies World Series history to have a multi-homer game. Lenny Dykstra hit two against the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 4 of the 1993 World Series at Veterans Stadium, and Ryan Howard hit two against the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 4 of the 2008 World Series at Citizens Bank Park.
- Utley has reached base safely in 26 consecutive postseason games to set a Major League record.
The Phillies took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Eighteen of the last 21 teams to win Game 1 have won the World Series.
Anybody else think that Yankees bullpen looks like trouble?
Pedro filled up the notebook as the scribes like to say.
Here is the best of what he had to say:
QUESTION: You’ve had a unique relationship with the fans in the Bronx over the years. Why do you think that is? Have you thought about that over your career? And what about it do you enjoy?
PEDRO MARTINEZ: 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 Yankee Stadium. I can honestly say that. I mean, I have been a big fan of baseball for a long time, since I was a kid. My first ball I ever got from a Big League player I actually got to purchase in Dodger Stadium in a silent auction, was Reggie Jackson. I was actually a big fan of the Yankees, too. For some reason with all the hype and different players that have passed by, maybe because I played for the Red Sox is probably why you guys made it such a big deal every time I came in, but you know, I have a good bond with the people. After playing in New York, I went to realize something: New York fans are very passionate and very aggressive. But after it all, after you take your uniform off and you deal with the people, they’re real human beings. It’s all just being fans
I have all the respect in the world for the way they enjoy being fans. Sometimes they might be giving you the middle finger, just like they will be cursing you and telling you what color underwear you’re wearing. All those things you can hear when you’re a fan. But at the end of the day, they’re just great fans that want to see the team win. I don’t have any problem with that.
QUESTION: Two things: One, when you say you’re one of the most influential players to come in here, do you mean as a visiting player or …
PEDRO MARTINEZ: I think in every aspect, the way you guys have used me and abused me since I’ve been coming to Dodgers Stadium, just because I wore actually a red uniform just like this one while playing for Boston, it’s been like, I remember quotes in the paper, “Here comes the man that New York loves to hate.” Man? None of you have probably ever eaten steak with me or rice and beans with me to understand what the man is about. You might say the player, the competitor, but the man? You guys have abused my name. You guys have said so many things, have written so many things.
There was one time I remember when I was a free agent, there was talk that I might meet with Steinbrenner. One of your colleagues had me in the papers with horns and a tail, red horns and a tail. That’s a sign of the devil. I’m a Christian man. I don’t like those things. I take those things very serious.
Those are the kind of things that the fans actually get used to seeing, and actually sometimes influence those people to believe that you are a bad person, that you are like an ogre. I see Mariano, and that’s probably the player I admire the most because of how he goes about his business, how he does it, and he remains a humble Christian man admired by everyone in baseball. The way people perceive me in New York, I don’t know if they got to know me a little bit better after I got to the Mets. It’s totally different than the way I am; I just compete. And yes, I will do whatever it takes to beat you. But I’m a human being after I take my clothes off. A lot of people can witness that any time, anywhere, any moment.
We know he made that prediction on The Jay Leno Show, right? Just wanted to remind everybody in New York. I mean, Rollins absolutely believes the Phillies will win the World Series, but it’s not like he got in Mariano Rivera‘s face and told him that he had no chance. He rolled with a question from Jay Leno. No big deal.
It’s miserable at Yankee Stadium, but I keep hearing the rain is supposed to clear around 5 p.m. Maybe 6. Definitely no later than 7. Then again, I also have heard the game will be played in a very light drizzle. But the game will be played, I think.
Charlie Manuel said he wanted to split up his left-handed pitchers against the Yankees, which makes sense. But you’ve also got to think if Hamels were pitching better that he would be pitching Game 2.
Hamels said he is OK with that.
“It’s an honor to pitch. It’s an honor to pitch at home,” Hamels said. “Any time you get to pitch at home, I think it’s great. Especially Game 3. Game 3 is very important. Jamie (Moyer)showed us how important it was last year. That could turn a series. You know what? I think it’s going to be just as important as Game 1 or Game 2 or Game 4 or Game 5. I think this is going to be nice to have the home crowd and no DH. I couldn’t ask for a better scenario.”
Rich Dubee said last week that it seems most of Hamels’ problems have been mental. Maybe he is putting too much pressure on himself. Maybe he has been too concerned with trying to match last season’s postseason numbers.
Hamels went 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA in five postseason starts last year. He is 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA in three postseason starts this year.
“When you have success early you want to continue it,” he said. “You put a little bit too much pressure on trying to be that guy all the time, instead of just letting it happen. … I’ve never gone through the struggles that I have, but I haven’t had a long career yet. I’ve been able to talk to Pedro and Jamie and Cliff (Lee). They’ve had their ups and downs. It’s how you learn to deal with it. I think they understand when you do great things people expect it to happen. All of a sudden you do kind of get wrapped up in expecting it to happen and it can really throw you off your game. I think it has to a point. I don’t want to make excuses. I haven’t been able to do my job as well as I would like, and it’s something that I’m fighting to be that caliber player that everybody expects me to be. But at the same time, I’m not going to put too much stress on it anymore because I’ve gotten myself in trouble when I try to expect too much.”
He saw the New York Post today, which had Victorino wearing a skirt.
“We’re going to have some fun,” he said this afternoon at Yankee Stadium. “I saw it this morning, I was like, ‘Oh, interesting.’ It’s only a positive thing to have them focus on you. There’s obviously a reason why they put me on the front.”
Victorino has been cast as the villain in Los Angeles.
Why New York?
“We haven’t even started a game here yet,” he said. “I don’t know what the mockery is here, but we’ll see what happens.”
Could he confirm or deny those are his legs?
“Those are by far my legs,” he joked. “They look sexy, I think.I thought it was funny. I undestand it’s obviously going to be a story. Why wouldn’t it be? But ultimately it’s about going out there and enjoying ourselves.”
“Pretty cute,” Chase Utley said. “Shane looks pretty good. I would say Ryan (Howard) might look a little bit better in that skirt than Shane.”
Miguel Cairo is off.
“We felt like we needed another pitcher because of the moves that we’ve been making in situations,” Charlie Manuel said this evening at Yankee Stadium. “We ran through five pitchers in one inning over at the Dodgers (in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series). I feel like if those things happen again … we always need pitching. I feel like with Myers’ stuff and the face that he’s in better shape and he’s well and he’s ready to pitch, I feel like his talent actually belongs on our staff.”
Cairo is off probably because the Phillies do not want to be in the same situation they were in during Game 4 of the NLDS against the Colorado Rockies when they had to play Cairo in left field. Eric Bruntlett has more experience playing in left field, having played there much of last season as a defensive replacement for Pat Burrell. Bruntlett also is an effective pinch-runner.
Myers was on the NLDS roster, but off the NLCS roster. He wasn’t sharp during the NLDS. In 2/3 inning in Game 2 against the Rockies, he hit a batter, walked a batter and intentionally walked another batter.
“I just asked Charlie to try to give me an opportunity to get sharp if there was a next round,” Myers said.
Myers made a mechanical adjustment, which he said has made a huge difference. Myers threw a simulated game Sunday at Citizens Bank Park. Pedro Feliz asked why he was trying so hard, throwing him three breaking balls and a fastball.
“I’m trying to make the team,” Myers said. “It was a tryout for me.”
Manuel said Ben Francisco definitely would be in the Game 1 lineup.
It’s the Yankees vs. Pedro Martinez in Game 2.
Who’s your daddy? We’ll find out.
Here is what the Yankees had to say about Martinez facing his nemesis:
“Five years ago, Pedro and I accomplished something awesome. We get to face each other in the World Series. Only one of us is going to be the winner, and hopefully it’s me. I’m sure it’s going to be crazy, but our fans are going to be behind our team so they’d like to rattle Pedro. But I think Pedro has said it time and time before that a kid coming from where he grew up in the Dominican Republic, he’s able to have the world focus on him. He’s definitely come a long way since he started playing baseball.”
Does he think Pedro will thrive in this situation? “Let’s hope not. Pedro knows how to handle himself. Pedro was the best pitcher in this league for many years. He knows what it takes to be in the spotlight. He’s thrived in the spotlight before. Our job is to try to beat him. The way he pitched against the Dodgers, he looked pretty special. That’s not what we want to say.”
Does he think the ‘Who’s your daddy?’ chants bothered him? “I don’t think so. I think Pedro knows how to be dominating out there. He knows how to rise to the occasion. He feeds off of it.”
“Hopefully, we get to him like we did with the Red Sox.”
“Is he pitching Game 2? He’s always enjoyed playing here and pitching here. He’s had success here, too. I’m sure he’s looking forward to it. He’s always been a challenge for us, whether it was Boston or the Mets. He enjoys being in the spotlight and pitching in these games and he’s always been tough and I’m sure he’s going to be a huge challenge for us.”
What comes to mind when thinking about facing Pedro? (Laughs) “A lot of things come to mind. Some things I can’t say. He’s a competitor. He’s a guy when we were facing Boston all those years, he’s a guy that you looked forward to facing. You didn’t want to do it, but you looked forward to facing him because he was a challenge. Pedro is going to go down as one of the best pitchers to ever play this game. What he did, especially for the Red Sox all those years, we had a lot of battles with him. You always look forward to that challenge, even though it’s a tough challenge.”
He made it official this morning.
He announced during his weekly appearance on The Michael Smerconish Show on WPHT (1210-AM) that Martinez would pitch Game 2 and Cole Hamels would pitch Game 3.
“When I look at Pedro, Pedro has been in the big environment,” Manuel said yesterday. “He’s pitched about everywhere you can pitch. I don’t think nothing is going to really bother him or get him upset. I think we can pitch him in either ballpark, really. I don’t think it matters at all.
“Pedro has been in the big environment. He’s pitched about everywhere you can pitch. I don’t think nothing is going to really bother him or get him upset. I think we can pitch him in either ballpark, really. I don’t think it matters at all.”
Martinez is 11-11 with a 3.20 ERA in 32 career starts against the Yankees in the regular season, and is 8-4 with a 2.95 ERA in 16 career starts at Yankee Stadium. He is 1-2 with a 4.72 ERA in six postseason appearances against the Yankees, and is 0-2 with a 5.93 ERA in his last five.
So here is how the Phillies’ rotation looks through Saturday:
- Game 1: Cliff Lee
- Game 2: Martinez
- Game 3: Hamels
The Phillies could start Joe Blanton or J.A. Happ in Game 4 on Sunday, or they could bring back Lee on short rest in Game 4. The Phillies and Lee said it is possible they bring back Lee on short rest to face CC Sabathia in Games 1, 4 and 7, although I think if the Phillies are in good shape they bring back Lee on regular rest and have him pitch Game 5 on Monday.
Jimmy Rollins picks the Phillies to win the World Series in five games, six if they’re nice. I picked them to win in six.
What did Derek Jeter think about this?
“He’s a nice guy so at least he gave us six if he’s going to be nice,” Jeter said. “I got no comment on that. Jimmy likes to have fun. He likes to have fun and joke around.”
Rollins predicted a Phillies-Yankees World Series earlier this year in Playboy magazine.
“He got us. This is what he wanted,” Jeter said.