PrintPrint © 2004 MLB Advanced Media, L.P. All rights reserved.

World Series pitching matchups
10/22/2004 4:01 PM ET
  St. Louis Cardinals

Williams' array of off-speed pitches will bug the Red Sox, and his sharp control will dent their precious on-base percentage. But he needs to do something about Manny Ramirez, who has homered off him twice in three career at-bats. It's risky to lead off with him on the road, where his ERA was nearly two runs higher.
Pitches: Cut fastball, changeup, curve
Speed: Low 80s to 90-91 mph

Still with only one win in 12 career postseason appearances, including eight starts, Morris was hit hard in the NLCS. He allowed three homers in only 10 innings, on par with having ranked second in the National League with 35 gopher balls. He could find Fenway Park claustraphobic, but Morris is a competitor able to produce a big game.
Pitches: Sinker, cut fastball, changeup, curve
Speed: Low 80s to mid-90s mph

It's not Roger Clemens, but the Red Sox do reunite with one of their former right-handers. Suppan spent parts of 1995 through 1997 with the Red Sox, and made a return appearance the last two months of 2003, where he allowed 24 runs in 39 innings at Fenway. The Cards' best road pitcher, his first Series start will come in Busch, where he was 6-8.
Pitches: Fastball, slider, curve, changeup
Speed: Low 80s to 90-91 mph

The 26-year-old righty is the staff's best power pitcher, but indications are he has been unplugged for the last two months after toiling 201 innings, nearly double his previous career high. A nod to either of the Cards' so-called wild cards -- Chris Carpenter or Danny Haren -- would bump him from the rotation.
Pitches: Sinker, changeup, curve
Speed: Mid-80s to mid-90s mph

  Boston Red Sox

Terry Francona "owed one" to Wakefield for his volunteer relief work in the ALCS -- and a Game 1 World Series start is a pretty neat reward. Still, he hasn't started and worked a total of only 7 1/3 innings since Oct. 1. Despite the lack of work, catcher Jason Varitek can testify to the life in that knuckleball.
Pitches: Knuckleball, curveball, fastball
Speed: 66-80 mph

Before sewing up the ALCS, the Sox had to sew up Schilling's right ankle tendon for Game 6. That was the prelude to true sports heroism. However, this whole agenda -- removing his sutures, then replacing them for Sunday's Game 2 start -- seems extremely draining, and risky. And the Cards will bunt on him.
Pitches: Four-seam fastball, splitter, sweeping curve
Speed: 85-94 mph

Another one of those strange Francona moves -- without his bizarre one-inning relief turn in ALCS' Game 7, Pedro could have gone in Game 1 on five days' rest -- defers Martinez's World Series debut to St. Louis. Maybe Francona just didn't want him to precede Schilling. With the Yankees out of his sights, look for him to soar.
Pitches: Fastball, hard curve, cutter, changeup, slider
Speed: 78-94 mph

If your superiors ever get down on you, here's wishing you the resolve to respond the way Lowe did in the ALCS. From being the 12th option on an 11-man staff, he started two wins in a three-day span, and seemed to be only getting warm. His sinker had a mean bite in Game 7.
Pitches: Fastball, sinker, slider
Speed: 88-94 mph

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.