Conventional wisdom suggests that Martinez -- who's slated to start Game 2 Thursday night -- can sustain the Phillies' momentum while handling New York's formidable lineup and the challenge of pitching as a visiting player at Yankee Stadium. The future Hall of Famer has subdued the Yankees in their ballpark multiple times during his career, particularly while pitching for Boston from 1998-2004. Martinez recorded an 8-4 mark with a 2.95 ERA in 16 starts at the old Stadium.
Should Martinez succeed, the Phillies would head for home -- where Games 3-5 of the Series are
scheduled -- with a commanding 2-0 Series lead.
Martinez, who owns a 219-100 lifetime record in the regular season, would be a good choice to pitch Game 2 under any circumstance. Of course, the 38-year-old appears to have settled in an especially ideal spot in this situation. As a right-hander, he's an ideal choice to pitch between Lee and fellow southpaw Cole Hamels, who's scheduled to start Game 3 for Philadelphia on Saturday.
Although Martinez received a no-decision in his only other start this postseason, his wasn't an ordinary effort. He surrendered just two hits in seven shutout innings in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series at Dodger Stadium, but the Phillies' offense took a rare vacation as Los Angeles triumphed, 2-1.
Interestingly, Martinez has faced Derek Jeter more than any other hitter during his career. The Yankees captain has amassed 99 regular-season plate appearances against Martinez, batting just .256 (22-for-86) with three home runs and only six RBIs.
Other Yankees hitters familiar with Martinez include Jorge Posada (.183, 11-for-60), Alex Rodriguez (.291, 16-for-55), Hideki Matsui (.143, 4-for-28) and Robinson Cano (.000, 0-for-12).
The Yankees will counter with right-hander A.J. Burnett, who has no record with a 4.42 ERA in three postseason starts this year after finishing 13-9 with a 4.04 ERA in the regular season.
The following charts break down how the experts from MLB.com and MLB Network see Game 2 of the World Series unfolding:
World Series Game 2 Predictions
|MLBN||PHI||7||14||0||Pedro dominates with eight shutout frames.|
|MLB.com||PHI||3||5||1||Pedro can't find old magic.|
|MLB.com||PHI||7||10||0||Pedro outduels Burnett.|
|MLB.com||PHI||3||8||1||Yanks KO Pedro in fourth; Tex, A-Rod go back to back. |
|MLB.com||PHI||3||8||1||Pedro impressive, but Phils 'pen breaks down. |
|MLB.com||PHI||5||10||1||Yanks pound Pedro, even series.|
|MLBN||PHI||6||12||0||Vintage Pedro dominates at Stadium.|
|MLBN||PHI||6||13||0||Pedro does just enough to eke out win.|