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’08 World Series

Today's pitching matchup
james shields, RHP, Rays brett myers, RHP, Phillies
Record/ERA
14-8, 3.56 10-13, 4.55
Postseason
1-2, 3.72 2-0, 4.72
Height/weight, age
6-4/214, 26 6-4/238, 28
What's new
Shields, nicknamed "Big Game James," has lost his last two postseason starts, but in both outings, he gave up three earned runs or fewer. Myers has won his two postseason starts, though in his last outing, he gave up five earned runs and six hits in just five innings against the Dodgers.
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 two- and four-seam fastballs, as well as a curveball.
Season
vs. Phillies: First meeting

vs. LH: .255

vs. RH: .253

At home: 9-2, 2.59 ERA

vs. Rays: First meeting

vs. LH: .235

vs. RH: .293

On road: 3-8, 6.21 ERA

Career
vs. Phillies: 1-0, 4.50 ERA

At Tropicana Field: 19-8, 3.25 ERA

vs. Rays: First meeting

At Tropicana Field: First meeting

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, Cliff Floyd is 12-for-33 (.364) and Carlos Pena and Dioner Navarro are 0-for-3.
What they're saying
"I'm the type of pitcher that doesn't like to change my approach. I like to make in-game adjustments. I know that squad is a pretty good hitting squad — they've been able to hit the long ball."

Rays starter James Shields

"Since Brett went to the minor leagues and he came back, he's been tremendous. He's one of the reasons why I'm sitting here talking to you today. And he's been just a completely different pitcher."

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Upcoming pitchers

Game 3

Jamie Moyer (Phillies) vs. Matt Garza (Rays) Game 4

Joe Blanton (Phillies) vs. Andy Sonnanstine (Rays)

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