Five Cuts: Heat's on Burnett for Game 2; look for Pedro to stay cool
1. The narrative has changed for New York Game 2 starter
Don't worry too much about the mindset of
Martinez has been relaxed, confident, talkative and fairly reflective in the previous two days. It seems as if he understands he does not know how many more of these big moments that he will ever get, and he is relishing this opportunity. He seems very comfortable about getting the ball at Yankee Stadium in Game 2, with only that game in Los Angeles, in which he threw seven shutout innings, as his only work in the past 28 days.
2. New York flustered
Lee was riding in a cab to Yankee Stadium for World Series Game 1, except the cab wasn't moving. He looked up and saw nothing but red lights and traffic, so he jumped out of the cab and split for the subway. Lee rode the train to the Bronx and hopped out near Yankee Stadium, but didn't know how to find the ballpark. So he called the clubhouse and received walking directions from an attendant, which ended like this: "When you see the banners of the Yankee players, keep walking until you see the
Lee followed the instructions. By the time he made it to the clubhouse -- by cab, subway and foot -- it already was past six o'clock for the 7:57 p.m. scheduled start. "He may have been late," Dubee said, "but that didn't exactly bother him, did it?"
Well, no. Somebody forget to tell Lee it was the World Series. In Yankee Stadium. The dude pitched as if throwing a simulated game at a back field at the Carpenter Complex in Clearwater, Fla. Not only did he dominate the Yankees, he also gave off airs of near boredom with his fielding: a casual catch of a pop-up, a flourish of a tag on the backside of
The importance of the outing by Lee is that he now hovers over this Series as a monster pitcher, the way
"We know he's going to be that good the next time we face him," Yankees left fielder
The Phillies still aren't saying whether Lee will start on short rest in Game 4 -- there's no need to make that call now. But know this: Lee never has made a start on three days' rest, and if Philadelphia manager
3. Just how good was Lee? You can go a very long time without seeing a game like that in the World Series again. But try these on for appreciation:
• Lee walked none in a complete-game win. Only two pitchers have ever done that in the opening game of a World Series:
• Lee threw the 21st complete game in World Series history with no walks and no earned runs, but only the fifth by a left-hander and the first by a lefty in 60 years. The other lefties to do so:
• The Yankees had faced 33 left-handed starters this year. None of them had lasted the whole game against New York until Lee did it.
• Of the first 31 times the Yankees swung at a pitch, they missed it 14 times. You might expect to see that at Williamsport. Not Yankee Stadium.
• Lee went to a three-ball count only three times, which is really something when you consider the tiny strike zone of
"He must have broken 10 bats," Damon said, "including two of mine, of course."
4. Yankees manager
Girardi began the postseason with Hughes as a guy who pitched in important spots regardless of the matchup. But by ALCS Game 6, Girardi chose
"Teams try to build a bridge to their closer," Phillies shortstop
Strangely, Girardi, who has run his bullpen aggressively this postseason, let the game get away from him with his hands in his jacket pockets. With two outs and two on in the eighth, the score still 2-0 with
5. There was a brief scary moment in Game 1 when it looked like we were going to get yet another massive umpiring mistake. It happened on a pop fly to Rollins with
It took several minutes to unravel the mess, but why? Gorman knew he called out Cano on the pop fly, so when Matsui was tagged, it obviously was a double play. Why didn't Gorman assert his out call immediately? There was far too much confusion among the umpires for what should have been an obvious call. Thankfully, they eventually got it right. But the confusion was not needed. And you know somewhere