10/19/2003 2:31 AM ET
Pettitte out to save Yankees again
NEW YORK -- Game 1 and the Yankees have been at odds this October, a trend that would be a bit more alarming if they hadn't turned it around the first two times to advance to the World Series.
Here they go again, and just as they did the first two times they'll go with their designated Game 2 starter and streak-stopper, Andy Pettitte.
The big lefty will take on an even bigger lefty in the Marlins' Mark Redman in tonight's Game 2 of the 2003 World Series, which begins at 7:30 p.m. ET at Yankee Stadium.
In their 3-2 victory in Game 1, the Marlins came into the heady territory of Yankee Stadium and played like the team with more experience, and they did it against the team with the most postseason experience of any team in baseball.
"We play them one night at a time whether we're playing in Woodbridge, New Jersey, or New York City or Chicago," Marlins manager Jack McKeon said. "It's one game at a time. They're not awed."
This next game is a bigger one for the Yankees, obviously, since losing both of the first two games of the World Series at home would be borderline-disastrous.
It's familiar territory for the Yankees and Pettitte, and it worked out well the first two times this October.
"Since we've done it the last couple of times, it keeps us from getting to the point of 'We've got to, we've got to, we've got to,'" Torre said.
This Game 2 save opportunity for the 21-game winner Pettitte has a bit more riding on it, considering it's the Fall Classic and the Yankees are up against a team on a roll the way the Marlins are.
Pettitte pitched Game 2 in both the Division Series and the ALCS, giving them a boost against Minnesota by allowing one run in seven innings, and another one against Boston with 6 2/3 innings of quality work in a 6-2 victory. This time, he'll be going on just three days' rest, part of the fallout from Thursday's Game 7 in which Torre turned to three of his starters, two in relief.
But he still thinks he'll be in a comfort zone in another must-win Game 2.
"I've had so many opportunities to make so many starts now in the postseason that really it's not that overwhelming to me," said Pettitte, who will be making his 27th postseason start, his ninth in the World Series.
Redman, meanwhile, has made three starts this postseason, but will be making his first World Series start.
"That's what you work hard for, a position to be in, and an opportunity to pitch in Yankee Stadium and the World Series," he said.
John Schlegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
By John Schlegel / MLB.com