Through five games of the World Series, the Yankees have outscored the Phillies by a run, 25-24.

Here’s how the Yankees pitching for the World Series so far compares to their pitching in the regular season:


NYY, All pitchers
  ERA Ratio H/9
BB/9 SO/9 HR/9
WS 4.91 1.30 7.77 3.89 8.80 2.05
Reg Season 4.26 1.35 8.60 3.56 7.82 1.12

New York overall has allowed 24 runs in five games in the World Series, or 4.8 runs per game. During the regular season they allowed about 4.65 run per game.

Overall they are allowing fewer hits and striking out batters more regularly, but walking more and allowing a lot more home runs. They’ve allowed about 90% of their hits per nine innings in the World Series that they did in the regular season and gotten 112% of the strikeouts. 109% of the walks, though, and the Phillies have hit ten home runs in five games. The rate of home runs allowed by the Yankees pitchers overall has been nearly twice what it was in the regular season (182%).

Here’s what the Yankees starters have done compared to the regular season:


NYY, Starting pitchers
  ERA Ratio H/9
BB/9 SO/9 HR/9
WS 5.02 1.36 7.53 4.71 9.42 1.88
Reg Season 4.48 1.41 9.06 3.62 7.48 1.05

The Yankees got a good start from Sabathia in game one, a great start from Burnett in game two and a pretty good start from Sabathia in game four. Burnett got bombed in game five and Sabathia allowed three runs over 6 2/3 in game four.

The hits are way down for the group and the strikeouts up, but they are allowing more walks and have given up six home runs in 28 2/3 innings. That puts their rate of allowing home runs well above their rate for the year.

Here’s the New York relievers:


NYY, Relief pitchers
  ERA Ratio H/9
BB/9 SO/9 HR/9
WS 4.70 1.17 8.22 2.35 7.63 2.35
Reg Season 3.91 1.25 7.78 3.46 8.44 1.26

More hits, fewer strikeouts and a lot more home runs for the New York bullpen in the World Series. Their walk rate is way down. New York relievers have thrown 11 1/3 innings in the past three games without walking a Phillies batter.

The Phillies have allowed 25 runs in five games of the World Series, or five runs per game. During the regular season they allowed 709 runs in 162 games, or about 4.38 runs per game.

Here’s what their pitchers overall have done in the series:


PHI, all pitchers
  ERA Ratio H/9
BB/9 SO/9 HR/9
WS 4.91 1.23 8.39 2.66 9.20 1.02
Reg Season 4.16 1.35 9.14 3.02 7.13 1.17

The Phillies have allowed more runs per game in the World Series than in the regular season, but oddly their pitchers have allowed fewer hits, walks and home runs per nine innings and struck out more batters. That either means they’ve been real unlucky or there’s a whole lot of stuff going on that’s not reflected in those numbers.

There are definitely some things going on that aren’t reflected in those numbers. One is that the Phillies, who led all teams in both leagues in hitting batters, have turned things up in the post-season. They’ve hit five batters in five games, hitting A-Rod three times and Teixeira twice. Maybe that’s a coincidence and maybe it isn’t — either way their rate of hitting batters per nine innings is at 1.02 per nine innings for the World Series and was at .46 per nine in the regular season. Again, no team in either league hit more batters during the regular season than the Phillies.

More doubles is another thing that isn’t reflected in the numbers above. The Phils allowed 1.83 doubles per nine innings in the regular season and have allowed 2.05 doubles per nine in the World Series despite the fact that their rate of allowing hits is way down overall. Ten of the Yankees’ 41 hits in the World Series have been doubles. That’s about 24.4%. During the regular season, about 20.0% of hits allowed by the Phillies went for doubles.

Here’s the starters:


PHI, Starting pitchers
  ERA Ratio H/9
BB/9 SO/9 HR/9
WS 4.73 1.18 8.07 2.51 8.63 0.84
Reg Season 4.29 1.34 9.54 2.48 6.87 1.34

Fewer hits, more strikeouts and fewer home runs allowed by the starters for the Phillies in the series. The walks are about the same. Keeping the Yankees in the yard may be the biggest accomplishment — they’ve allowed three home runs in 32 1/3 innings. Martinez allowed two of those in game two and A-Rod homered off of Hamels in game three.

Lee was amazing for the Phils in game one. In the other four starts for the series, the starters have combined to throw to a 6.57 ERA with a 1.37 ratio.

And the relievers:


PHI, Relief pitchers
  ERA Ratio H/9
BB/9 SO/9 HR/9
WS 5.40 1.37 9.26 3.09 10.80 1.54
Reg Season 3.91 1.38 8.36 4.08 7.63 0.84

That’s just ugly. Hits way up and the rate of allowing home runs has nearly doubled. Walks are down a little and strikeouts are up.

The Phillies won two games. They didn’t need the pen in game one as Lee threw a complete game. Park and Madson got the job done in game five. They lost game two mostly because they couldn’t hit Burnett and maybe a little cause Pedro wasn’t great. Hamels made it hard to win in game three. Game four, when Lidge got hit hard in the ninth, was the only game where the pen really cost the Phils.

I would be stunned if Shane Victorino does not start tonight. The injury to his hand seems likely to be a factor. We’ll see how well he can hit and throw, but I’m guessing the answer is not as well as he could before he got his hand smashed.

This says that Blanton is available to pitch in relief tonight. I assume both Blanton and Happ could give the Phillies several innings tonight and Pedro will get a quick hook if he’s not pitching well.