The Yankees and Phillies are currently waiting for the rain to pass in Philadelphia as they prepare to start game three tonight.
Starting pitcher: LHP Andy Pettitte
Jimmy Rollins SS
Shane Victorino CF
Chase Utley 2B
Ryan Howard 1B
Jayson Werth RF
Raul Ibanez LF
Pedro Feliz 3B
Carlos Ruiz C
Cole Hamels P
Starting pitcher: LHP Cole Hamels
Thoughts: This is the first game played in Philadelphia so that means it’s the first game to be played with no DH’s and that’s going to put the Yankees at a disadvantage. Hideki Matsui hasn’t played in the outfield in a year and a half and tonight is going to be no different. He’s out of the lineup as the Yankees are going with their usual outfield including Nick Swisher who has been ice cold.
The Yankees are looking for another big outing from Andy Pettitte as their offense has been absent so far. The question is, how will certain players react now that they’re away from their home ball park. Can Alex Rodriguez and Nick Swisher turn their fates around?
There is another big issue with the Yankees’ bullpen and their inconsistent play. It seems that Phil Hughes has lost confidence out on the mound and control of his fastball hasn’t been there. The same has been true with Joba Chamberlain as we have not seen him play anywhere near the level he played at in 2007.
Head-to-head this season: The Yankees tied the series at one game a piece Thursday night in the Bronx behind a big performance by AJ Burnett and a two-inning appearance by Mariano Rivera. Philly had taken a 1-0 lead when they got a nine inning-zero earned run performance from Cliff Lee.
Weather: It’s been raining in Philly, but at 8:50 Chad Jennings announced that they were removing the tarp from the field. So it does seem that we are going to see some baseball tonight.
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