Ahead 1-0, the Phils try to overcome the pitching drop-off from ace Cole Hamels and take a commanding lead in the World Series. First pitch is 8:30 p.m.
Preview: The Rays lost a game where the Phillies had the one true edge (Hamels). The American League pennant winners, who had a 127 point higher winning percentage against righty starters this season, try to pick themselves off the mat against Brett Myers. Last night, Hamels mixed fastball, change-up, curve, up, down, in, out and spun the Rays in circles. Tonight, they'll face a pitcher who's hoping he can just use his fastball properly. ... With home-field advantage taken away, the Rays turn to their best starter, James Shields, in a must-win situation. Over his career, Shields does best at home, while Myers has been horrendous away from home (6.21, .301 BAA). ... The right-handed starter should help struggling slugger Ryan Howard, who had a .220 point higher OPS against righties, but that hasn't made much of a difference in the postseason. ... Many of the Phillies' bats looked rusty in Game 1, but their wheels looked well oiled. One reason could have been Davy Lopes' detective work with Scott Kazmir, who may have been tipping his pitches, as a report on Yahoo! suggests. Otherwise, aside from a bad pitch to Chase Utley, Kazmir had a good night.