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Rays-Phillies World Series Game 6 pitching matchup

Today's pitching matchup

James Shields, RHP, Rays Brett Myers, RHP, Phillies
Record
14-8, 3.56 10-13, 4.55
Postseason
2-2, 2.88 2-1, 4.74
Ht./wt.
6-4, 214 6-4, 238
Age
26 28
What's new
Shields, nicknamed "Big Game James," lived up to his moniker in Game 2 of the World Series, pitching 52/3 shutout innings in sparking the Rays' 4-2 win. Myers, who spent his off day Wednesday at an indoor firearm range, will hope to be more on point than his start in Game 2 of the World Series, when he was charged with four runs in seven innings of a 4-2 loss, his first meeting against the Rays.
Scouting report
Shields' competitiveness helps him typically go late into games. His best pitch is his changeup, but he can also effectively throw his fastball and curve. Myers, who has spent time as a closer and starter in his career, can effectively change speeds, using a two- and four-seam fastball as well as a curveball.
World Series
vs. Phillies: 1-0, 0.00 vs. Rays: 0-1, 3.86
Season
vs. Phillies: Didn't face

vs. LH: .255

vs. RH: .253

At home: 9-2, 2.59

vs. Rays: Didn't face

vs. LH: .235

vs. RH: .293

On road: 3-8, 6.21

Career
vs. Phillies: 2-4, 5.23

At Tropicana Field: 19-8, 3.25

vs. Rays: 0-1, 3.86

At Tropicana Field: 0-1, 3.86

Matchups to watch
Matt Stairs is 3-for-20, Ryan Howard is 1-for-2, Jimmy Rollins is 1-for-3 and Chase Utley is 0-for-3. Willy Aybar is 2-for-6, Carlos Pena is 0-for-3 and Dioner Navarro is 0-for-3.
What they're saying
"My preparation hasn't changed one bit. (The weather delay) gives me a couple days of extra rest to be able to pitch Game 6. And this is a crazy time in our lives right now. I don't think any World Series has ended up like this." — James Shields "They're definitely a scrappy team, and they're going to put some runs together, you know, either with their legs or their bats. So they're a tough team. You have to make your pitches and keep their speed off the bases." — Brett Myers
Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Rays-Phillies World Series Game 6 pitching matchup 10/29/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 30, 2008 2:25pm]
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