Five Cuts: Pedro's plight, and why Pettitte is the choice for Game 6
1. The matchup so nice we had to have it twice: Six days after he used a darting changeup and great movement to hold the Yankees to three runs in six innings,
Does he have another big night in him? He'll face a slightly better Yankee lineup than he did in Game 2, now that
2. As of Tuesday morning, we don't yet know who the Yankees will officially counter with. Asked on Monday afternoon, Girardi said, "We're not thinking about Game 6 right now. Andy is going to do his work today, and we'll see how he feels tomorrow if we need to." Perhaps that's the safe, tactical approach, but the gap between starting the left-handed Pettitte and the right-handed -- and historically, meat for lefty batters --
The Yankees won't need to ask very much of Pettitte. Even with Monday night's short start by Burnett, Girardi will have a full complement of relievers available, and his top three at the moment --
3. Having survived the Yankees' furious late-game charge on Monday, the Phillies find themselves still in pretty bad shape. Forty-nine teams have been down 3-2 in the World Series since the 2-3-2 format became the standard in 1924, and they've won about 45 percent of the time. For the Phillies, the task is a little harder; they're playing Games 6 and 7 on the road. The track record of teams in that position is a bit more dodgy: Whereas eight of 14 teams coming home to play were able to make the comeback, only 14 of 35 teams going on the road turned the trick. So the Phillies have about a 40 percent chance to win the World Series based on historical precedence.
Hey, at least it's a six-game series. Wednesday's Game 6 will be the first since 2003, making it a welcome sight for baseball fans.