Cole Hamels faces lefty Andy Pettitte in game three on Saturday.
The 37-year-old Pettitte made 32 starts for the Yankees this season, going 14-8 with a 4.16 ERA and a 1.38 ratio. Righties hit 249/331/386 against him and lefties 282/321/409. Like Burnett, same-side hitters hit for a higher average against him. Over his career the numbers for lefties and righties against him are very similar — 270/329/400 for righties and 271/318/393 for lefties.
In 2009, he didn’t walk lefties but he did walk righties. He faced 236 lefties this year and walked 12 of them (5.1%). He walked 63 of 597 (10.6%) righties. He was fourth in the AL in walks this season, walking 76 in 194 2/3 innings or about 3.51 per nine innings.
Righties and lefties got extra-base hits at about the same rate (7.2% of righties and 6.8% of lefties).
He was a lot better away from home than he was at it. 8-4 with a 3.71 ERA and a 1.26 ratio away and 6-4 with a 4.59 ERA and a 1.49 ratio at home. He threw 100 innings at home and 94 2/3 away and allowed 14 homers at home and six on the road.
He started against the Phillies on May 23 and allowed four runs over seven innings. Ibanez and John Mayberry hit homers off of him in that game. The Phils took a 4-2 lead into the bottom of the ninth, but the Yankees got three runs off of Lidge and won 5-4.
Pettitte has made 38 post-season starts in his career, throwing to a 3.83 ERA with a 1.33 ratio (3.91 and 1.36 for his regular season career). In three starts this post-season he’s 2-0 over 19 innings with a 2.37 ERA and a 1.05 ratio. He’s walked just three and struck out 15. In game three of the NLDS he held the Twins to a run over 6 1/3 innings, giving up just three hits and a walk. He started game three of the ALCS against the Angels and allowed three runs over 6 1/3, giving up a pair of home runs. In game six he allowed a run over 6 1/3 innings.
Raul Ibanez is the Phillie with the most regular season at-bats against Pettitte. He’s 6-for-21 with a double and a home run (286/318/476). Rollins 4-for-18 with a home run. Victorino 3-for-6. Utley 1-for-7 and Howard 1-for-9. Werth 1-for-13 with a homer. Feliz 2-for-7 with three walks. Ruiz 2-for-3 with a homer.
3-4-5 of the order a combined 3-for-29. That could be better.
The Phils could sure use Cole Hamels right about now. He went 10-11 with a 4.32 ERA and a 1.29 ratio over 32 starts in 2009. He went into the All-Star break with an ugly 4.87 ERA, but threw to a 3.76 ERA and a 1.19 ratio in 15 starts after the break. He was much better at home this year than away from Citizens Bank Park. 3.76 ERA and a 1.12 ratio at home and a 4.99 ERA and a 1.48 ratio away. He was pretty good against lefties this year (242/295/416). Righties hit .282 against him, but he didn’t walk many of them, holding their line for the year against him to 282/320/447.
He made one start against the Yankees this year, which came on May 24 in New York. He allowed two runs over six innings. Teixeira hit a home run off of him. A single by Cabrera off of Lidge in the bottom of the ninth tied the game at 3-3. Ruiz had an RBI-double off of Tomko in the top of the eleventh and the Phils won 4-3.
Hamels struggled at the end of the year, throwing to a 7.02 ERA over his last three starts. After a brilliant post-season in 2008 he’s been hit hard in the playoffs as well. In three post-season starts in ’09 he has allowed 11 earned runs in 14 2/3 innings (6.75 ERA). He’s allowed 20 hits in the 14 2/3 innings, six of which were home runs.
He allowed four runs in five innings against the Rockies in game two of the NLDS. In game one of the NLCS against the Dodgers he allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings. He got an early hook in game five, allowing three runs in 4 1/3 innings.
The former Brave Teixeira is the Yankee who has seen him the most. 5-for-17 with two home runs. Jeter 4-for-7. Damon 3-for-5 with a double and two walks. A-Rod 0-for-4 with a walk. Matsui 0-for-3. Posada 0-for-3. Cano 0-for-3.
The teams play three games in three days, so if either the Phils or the Yankees chase the other’s starter early in game three it’s going to make a whole lot of problems.
Joe Blanton will start game four.