AJ Burnett was sensational as he kept the Phillies to one run in game 2 of the World Series last night in the Bronx. Pedro Martinez pitched well but was unable to hold the Yankees offense silent to a second night in a row. The Bombers took a while to score some runs but they got there eventually and came out with an important game 2 victory.
The “Who’s your daddy” chants throughout the stadium did not seem to take any effect on Pedro as he had the Yankees guessing early on. He and AJ Burnett seemed to match each other inning after inning. It was in the fourth inning when Mark Teixeira finally got to Pedro and took one for a ride to left field. In the sixth inning, Hideki Matsui took another Martinez pitch out to right field with a gold-like swing. Jorge Posada also pitched in with an RBI in the seventh after pinch hitting for Jose Molina. Last night did not show much offense, but the way Burnett pitched last night, it was enough.
The commentators for Fox’s World Series coverage continue to say that AJ Burnett’s curveball is the best in the game… if it is right. That’s the whole key. We have seen Burnett struggle a lot this season when he had a tough time getting his curveball and other key pitches to work. But last night his curveball truly was the best in the game as he made Phillies batters look in awe of the movement. And when they decided to try and hit it… they missed. Simple as that. Burnett also provided a solid 95 mph fastball that kept hitters honest. His two seemer seemed to be getting the best of the Phillies batters as well. It proved this early in the game when he got Shane Victorino to strike out looking at a two seemer that came right back over the inside part of the plate. Burnett’s sensational performance last night has kept the Yankees in this series.
These next three games on the road will be crucial for both teams. The Phillies have a great home record but the Yankees can’t be counted out for anything. The Yankees NEED to win a game on the road and hope to bring the series back to New York. If they can get the series back to New York and keep the Phillies at bay, then the Yankees will take this World Series and add the trophy to the other 26.
Game 3’s starters are Andy Pettitte, who was huge in the ALDS and ALCS for the Yankees, and Cole Hamels, last years NLCS MVP. This matchup, to me, is the most intriguing of the three big pitching matchups for this series. Pettitte has been pitching in the postseason since he put on his pinstripes it seems and has had a lot of success. Cole Hamels has only seen on playoff and has succeeded in it as well. Both are excellent pitchers with good stuff that can be tricky for opposing hitters to get to. They both have great minds for the game and can really help their respective teams. This game will hopefully have some more offense in an even friendlier offensive park than Yankee STadium (Citizen’s Bank Park) but the pitchers will both still have solid performances.