Below, as per Sam Borden, is tonight’s Yankees lineup. Swish is back in, batting seventh. Posada returns, batting fifth. Lefty goes tonight looking to give the Yanks a 2-1 advantage, and with The Big Guy looming on three days’ rest for tomorrow night’s game. Pettite going seven strong would be a huge plus for the Yanks, who look to ignite the offense off the talented but struggling Hamels. John Flaherty has a good rundown of the Pettite-Hamels matchup, which he says distinctly favors Pettite due to his experience, and Hamels struggling. The Yanks must jump on early fastballs from Hamels, which are typically straight and of moderate velocity, before letting his change dance around them. They must be patient and recognize and lay off the junk, in order to hammer what is in the strike zone. Although they won only one game in Anaheim, the Yanks could well have won all three games (only two obviously were necessary). They play well on the road, so I like their chances in Philadelphia. Work over Hamels and get into the bullpen early, guys. Take back control of the series. I am taking the kids out for Halloween, then will return around the start of the game. Enjoy the game, everyone. Let’s Go, Yankees! Clap clap clap clap clap.
Pitching: LHP Andy Pettitte (2-0, 2.37 postseason ERA)
Pitching: LHP Cole Hamels (1-1, 6.75 postseason ERA)