College of Sports Media Game of the Night:
Is this game six of the World Series 2009 or have we warped back to 1999? The two starters for this incredibly important game are veterans Andy Pettitte for New York and Pedro Martinez for Philadelphia. Add their ages together and you get 75. Whether it’s the right thing to do or not Yankees manager Joe Girardi is sticking with starting his pitchers on only three days rest. Pettitte got the start in game three, the first in Philadelphia. He was scored on early, but held things together for six innings of work and earned his 17th post season win. Pettitte worked on three days rest in the ALCS and pitched the clinching game in New York. Pedro Martinez on the other hand last pitched in game two of the series. Despite a couple of bad pitches he was pretty good in front of the hostile Bronx crowd. He went six innings, struck out eight, but gave up two crucial home runs that lead to an eventual Yankee win. If he can do the same and Philly can provide him with some offence, this series may just go seven. Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard has been dreadful in the World Series. In the NLCS, Howard was batting .333 with two home runs and eight RBIs. In the championship, he’s hitting below his weight, .158, has one RBI and 12 strike outs. Yuck!