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10/23/05 5:46 PM ET

World Series Game 2 pregame notes

Astros vs. White Sox, U.S. Cellular Field

2005 WORLD SERIES PROBABLE PITCHERS (Records listed are regular season/postseason)

Game 2 at Chicago: ANDY PETTITTE (17-9, 2.39/1-1, 4.66) vs. MARK BUEHRLE (16-8, 3.12/2-0, 2.81)

Game 3 at Houston: JON GARLAND (18-10, 3.50/1-0, 2.00) vs. ROY OSWALT (20-12, 2.94/3-0, 2.11)

Game 4 at Houston: FREDDY GARCIA (14-8, 3.87/2-0, 3.21) vs. BRANDON BACKE (10-8, 4.76/0-0, 4.91)

THE SERIES OPENER: The team winning Game 1 of the World Series has gone on to win 60 of 100 times (60%). That has been the case in seven of the last eight World Series entering 2005 beginning in 1997 with 2002 (San Francisco defeating Anaheim) the lone exception. It has also occurred in nine of the last 11 and 14 of the last 17 series. In addition to San Francisco, the only other exceptions in the last 17 fall classics (1987-2004) were both by Atlanta, first game winners vs. Toronto in 1992 and New York in 1996 but losers of each Series in six games.

In 14 of the last 19 Series beginning 1985, the winner of Game 1 of the World Series has also won Game 2, the exceptions being 1992 (Toronto over Atlanta), 1993 (Philadelphia over Toronto), 1997 (Cleveland over Florida), 2002 (Anaheim over San Francisco), and 2003 (New York over Florida).


1Saturday, Oct. 22@Chicago 5, Houston 3WP-Contreras/LP-Rodriguez/41,206
2Sunday, Oct. 23U.S. Cellular Field7:10 p.m. CDT
 Monday, Oct. 24OFF DAY 
3Tuesday, Oct. 25Minute Maid Park7:38 p.m. CDT
4Wednesday, Oct. 26Minute Maid Park7:33 p.m. CDT
*5Thursday, Oct. 27Minute Maid Park7:28 p.m. CDT
 Friday, Oct. 28OFF DAY 
*6Saturday, Oct. 29U.S. Cellular Field7:58 p.m. CDT
*7Sunday, Oct. 30U.S. Cellular Field8:13 p.m. CDT

HOME TEAMS IN THE OPENER: Chicago's victory on Saturday marked the second consecutive victory for the home club in the World Series opener. The home team is now 13-4 in Game One beginning 1987. This marks the 59th time that the home team has taken a 1-0 lead in the fall classic, Of the previous 58 times, that home club is 33-24 with one tie in Game 2 (that team won Game 3) and has gone on to win the Series 38 times. The 2004 Red Sox accomplished both feats in their 4-game sweep of the Cardinals.

When the home team has won the World Series opener, it has gone on to the World Championship each of the last seven times and on 12 of the last 13 occasions (beginning 1987). The only exception in that span was Atlanta in 1992 as the Braves lost in six games to Toronto.

TAKING A 2-0 LEAD: Forty-nine teams have jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the World Series, with 38 of those going on to win the championship (77.6%). That has occurred in each of the last 5 occasions (Yankees in 1998-99-2000; Arizona in 2001; Boston in 2004) and 11 of the last 12 times, the exception being Atlanta in 1996. The Braves won the 1st 2 contests at Yankee Stadium but lost the next 4 games. Taking a 2-0 lead has taken place in 14 of the last 19 Series starting 1985, the exceptions being 1992, 1993, 1997, 2002, and 2003.

HOME TEAMS which have taken a 2-0 lead have won the Series on 29 of 34 occasions. That has been the case the last ten times since the Yankees went up 2-0 over the Dodgers at home in 1981 but lost the next four games. Teams to accomplish that feat in the interim are Minnesota in 1987, Los Angeles in 1988, Oakland in 1989, Cincinnati in 1990, Minnesota in 1991, Atlanta in 1995, the Yankees in 1998 and 2000, Arizona in 2001, and Boston in 2004.

TIED AFTER TWO: Of the 51 times that a World Series has been tied, 1-1, the winner of Game 2 has gone on to capture the Series on 28 occasions (54.9%). However, that has been the case on just one of four occasions since 1993, that being Anaheim in 2002. The Yankees tied the Series at a game apiece in 2003 with a Game 2 win but lost to the Marlins in six games.

THE AMERICAN LEAGUE extended its World Series winning streak to five games on Saturday, since Florida defeated New York in Game 6 in 2003. Boston was 4-0 vs. St. Louis a year ago. That is the longest winning streak for one league since the Yankees captured ten straight contests as the A.L. representative from Game 1 in 1998 through Game 2 in 2000.

THE ASTROS lost in their World Series debut on Saturday. The 25 franchises that have participated in the WS are 12-12-1 in their inaugural contests in the fall classic, losing the last two times (also Angels in 2002) since Arizona defeated the Yankees in 2001.

Houston is now 7-4 in this postseason, 3-3 on the road. The Astros had won their last two road games before Saturday's defeat since a loss in Game 1 of the NLCS in St. Louis. Houston has not dropped consecutive games in this postseason with its last two-game losing streak coming on Sept. 29-30 vs. the Cubs.

THE WHITE SOX were victorious on Saturday in their 1st World Series appearance since Oct. 8, 1959. It was the Pale Hose' s 1st victory in the fall classic since Oct. 6, 1959, Game 5 at Los Angeles and 1st home Series win since Oct. 1, 1959, Game 1 at old Comiskey Park.

Chicago is now 4-1 in World Series openers, 3-0 at home, the lone setback coming in Cincinnati in 1919. In Game 2 of the World Series, the ChiSox are 1-3, 1-2 at home, winning in 1917 over the Giants.

The White Sox are 14-13 in 27 lifetime Series games, 8-6 at their three home parks.

CLOSE TO PERFECTION: The White Sox have lost just one game in this postseason in posting an 8-1 overall record. Chicago was 3-0 in the Division Series vs. Boston and 4-1 in the ALCS against Anaheim before winning the Series opener. Since the advent of the Division Series in 1995, only two other teams have started a postseason with 8 wins in 9 games, Atlanta in 1995 and the Yankees in 1999. Both of those teams improved to 9-1 and went on to win the World Championship.

The White Sox have won their last 5 games of this postseason since a Game 1 ALCS loss.


ANDY PETTITTE makes his 11th career World Series start tonight and his 4th start of this postseason for Houston. The lefthander is 1-1, 4.66 in his 3 starts, defeating Atlanta, 10-5 in Game 1 of the Division Series (7 ip, 4 h, 3 r-er, 2 bb, 6 so), losing Game 1 of the NLCS at St. Louis, 5-3 (6 ip, 8 h, 5 r-er, 2 bb, 2 so), and recording no decision in the Astros' 5-4 loss in Game 5 of the NLCS (6.1 ip, 7 h, 2 r-er, 2 bb, 4 so).

IN WORLD SERIES PLAY, Pettitte is 3-4, 3.90 (26 er/60 ip) in his ten career starts, all with the Yankees. He is just 1-3 in his last 7 World Series outings since defeating San Diego in the 4th and deciding game in 1998, the win coming in Game 2 in 2003 over Florida. Pettitte is 2-1, 2.19 (6 er/24.2 ip) in his 4 career World Series starts on the road, earning wins in Game 5 at Atlanta in 1996 and Game 4 in San Diego in 1998 with the loss coming at Arizona in Game 2 in 2001. In six World Series starts at Yankee Stadium, Pettitte is 1-3, 5.09 in

CLIMBING THE CHARTS: With his 11th WS start tonight, Pettitte ties Waite Hoyt and Christy Mathewson for the 2nd most starts in World Series history behind Whitey Ford (22):

22-Whitey Ford10-Chief Bender
11-Waite Hoyt9-Bob Gibson
11-Christy Mathewson9-Allie Reynolds
10-Red Ruffing9-Catfish Hunter

Pettittle will also move into a 14th place tie with 5 others on the all-time WS list for total Series appearances with 11. He is currently 14th all-time in Series innings at 60, and can move into 9th place tonight by pitching 5 innings. Pettitte is also 15th all-time in WS strikeouts, one behind Vic Raschi, and has allowed the 5th most hits at 66.

STARTS IN BOTH LEAGUES: Pettitte will become the 19th pitcher to start a World Series Game for teams in both leagues tonight:

PitcherA.L. Club/Year(s)N.L. Club/Year(s)
Bert BlylevenMinnesota/1987Pittsburgh/1979
Hank BorowyNew York/1942Chicago/1945
Roger ClemensBoston/1986 
 New York/1999; '00; '01; '03Houston/2005
Johnny CoombsPhiladelphia/1910Brooklyn/1916
Al DowningNew York/1963Los Angeles/1974
Dock EllisNew York/1976Pittsburgh/1971
Don GullettNew York/1977Cincinnati/1976
Orel HershiserCleveland/1995; 97Los Angeles/1988
Danny JacksonKansas City/1985Cincinnati/1990; Philadelphia/1993
Tommy JohnNew York/1981Los Angeles/1977; 78
Charlie LeibrandtKansas City/1985Atlanta/1991
Denny NeagleNew York/2000Atlanta/1996
Nelson PotterSt. Louis/1944Boston/1948
Rick ReuschelNew York/1981San Francisco/1989
Dutch RuetherNew York/1926Cincinnati/1919
Curt SchillingPhiladelphia/1993;Arizona/2001Boston/2004
Don SuttonMilwaukee/1982Los Angeles/1974
Bob WelchOakland/1988Los Angeles/1981

POSTSEASON LEADERS: Pettitte is 14-9, 4.11 (94 er/206 ip) in 33 career postseason starts. He becomes the all-time leader in postseason starts with his 34th tonight, one more than Roger Clemens. He is 2nd all-time in postseason innings at 206, one behind John Smoltz. Pettitte's 14 victories are also one behind Smoltz for the most all-time:

15-John Smoltz
14-Andy Pettitte
12-Roger Clemens
12-Tom Glavine
11-Greg Maddux

Pettitte has 130 strikeouts in postseason play, 5th all-time, 7 behind Tom Glavine and Mike Mussina.

MARK BUEHRLE makes his 3rd start of this postseason and his World Series debut tonight. The lefthander has won both of his start in this postseason, 5-4 over Boston in Game 2 of the Division Series (7 ip, 8 h, 4 r-er, 1 bb, 2 so) and 2-1 over Los Angeles in Game 2 of the ALCS (9 ip, 5 h, 1 r-er, 4 so), both at Comiskey Park. Buehrle's only previous postseason appearance was 0.1 innings in relief in the 2000 Division Series vs. Seattle.

WHITE SOX STARTERS had pitched the team's last 43 innings in this postseason before NEAL COTTS relieved JOSE CONTRERAS with none out and one on in the 8th inning on Saturday. Cotts had been the last ChiSox reliever to pitch in this postseason, recording the final 2 outs of Game One of the ALCS vs. Los Angeles on October 11. The 43 consecutive innings is the longest such streak in postseason play since 1969, when Baltimore starters worked all 44 innings over 5 postseason games. In the ALCS vs. Minnesota, Dave McNally (11 ip) and Jim Palmer (9 ip) went the distance in Games 2 and 3. In the World Series against the New York Mets, Mike Cuellar (9 ip) and McNally (9 ip) went the distance in Games 1 and 2 and Palmer pitched the 1st 6 innings of Game 3.

STINGY 'PEN: The White Sox bullpen has not seen a lot of action in this postseason but has been very effective when used. Chicago's relievers have issued 5 hits and no runs in 10 total innings of work with 10 strikeouts...The team breakdown:

Bobby Jenks: 3 g, 4.1 ip, 1 h, 4 so, 3 saves
Neal Cotts: 3 g, 1.2 ip, 1 h, 2 so
Orlando Hernandez: 1 g, 3.0 ip, 1 h, 4 so
Damaso Marte: 1 ip, 0 ip, 1 h
Cliff Politte: 1 g, 1.0 ip, 1 h
Dustin Hermanson: has not appeared
Luis Vizcaino: has not appeared

The Chicago bullpen also held the opponents scoreless in its final 6.1 frames of the regular season. The last run off the Pale Hose 'pen came on Oct. 1 vs. Cleveland, when Luis Vizcaino issued a run in the 7th inning.

MIKE LAMB became the 29th player to homer in his 1st World Series at-bat in the 2nd inning last night:

Joe HarrisWashingtonOct. 7, 19251
George WatkinsSt. Louis (NL)Oct. 2, 19302
Mel OttNew York (NL)Oct. 3, 19331
George SelkirkNew York (AL)Sept. 30, 19361
Dusty RhodesNew York (NL)Sept. 29, 19541
Elston HowardNew York (AL)Sept. 28, 19551
Roger MarisNew York (AL)Oct. 5, 19691
Don MincherMinnesotaOct. 6, 19651
Brooks RobinsonBaltimoreOct. 5, 19661
Jose SantiagoBostonOct. 4, 19673
Mickey LolichDetroitOct. 3, 19682
Don BufordBaltimoreOct. 11, 19691
Gene TenaceOaklandOct. 14, 19721
Jim MasonNew York (AL)Oct. 19, 19763
Doug DeCincesBaltimoreOct. 10, 19791
Amos OtisKansas CityOct. 14, 19802
Bob WatsonNew York (AL)Oct. 20, 19811
Jim DwyerBaltimoreOct. 11, 19831
Mickey HatcherLos AngelesOct. 15, 19881
Jose CansecoOaklandOct. 15, 19881
Bill BatheSan FranciscoOct. 27, 19899
Eric DavisCincinnatiOct. 16, 19901
Ed SpragueTorontoOct. 18, 19929
Fred McGriffAtlantaOct. 21, 19952
Andruw JonesAtlantaOct. 20, 19962
Barry BondsSan FranciscoOct. 19, 20022
Troy GlausAnaheimOct. 19, 20022
David OrtizBostonOct. 23, 20041
MIKE LAMBHoustonOct. 22, 20052

NATURE IS CALLING: Mike Lamb's home run on Saturday produced a World Series first. In the 100 World Series, no player who had a last name that was the exact same spelling of a species of animal had ever hit a home run. According to copious research, the closest call would have been Jimmie Foxx, who homered twice in 1929 and once in 1930 with the Philadelphia A's. The fish category was represented by Tim Salmon, who had a pair of homers for Anaheim in the 2002 fall cl;assic.

The following are offered as honorable mention: Yogi Berra, Yankees (12 homers in 14 WS); Goose Goslin, Senators (7 in 5 WS); Myril Hoag, Yankees (1 in 1937); and Mel Ott, Giants (4 in 3 WS). Suggestions are also welcome.

HIT BY PITCHES: Game 1 of the World Series featured several records involved hit batters:
• Jeff Bagwell was plunked twice, tying the World Series record for most hit by pitches in a game. It had been accomplished 4 times previously, last by TODD PRATT of the New York Mets on Oct. 21, 2000, Game 1 vs. the Yankees.
• The Astros had a pair of hit batters in the 7th inning, tying the World Series record for most hit batters in an inning. It had been accomplished 3 times previously, last by Pittsburgh on Oct. 17, 1979, Game 7, at Baltimore.
• Jose Contreras tied a pair of World Series record for hit batters in a game on Saturday:
Most Hit Batters, Game-3...Accomplished once previously, by BRUCE KISON, Pittsburgh, Oct. 13, 1971, Game 4, vs. Baltimore.
Most Hit Batters, Inning-2...Accomplished twice previously, ED WILLETT, Detroit, Oct. 11, 1909 (2nd inning), Game 3 vs. Pittsburgh and WAYNE GRANGER, St. Louis, Oct. 9, 1968 (8th inning), Game 6 vs. Detroit.

WORLD SERIES EXPERIENCE: There are nine players in the 2005 World Series with previous experience in the fall classic: Houston-Roger Clemens (Boston-1986; New York Yankees-1998-2001 and 2003); Orlando Palmeiro (Anaheim-2002); Andy Pettitte (New York Yankees-1996; 1998-2001 and 2003); Russ Springer (Atlanta-1999); and Jose Vizcaino (New York Yankees-2000); Chicago-Jose Contreras (New York Yankees-2003); Jermaine Dye (Atlanta-1996); Orlando Hernandez (New York Yankees-1998-2001); and Timo Perez (New York Mets-2000).


FIRST PITCH: Former Chicago White Sox standout Bo Jackson (1991-93). The pitch will be caught by another former White Sox star, Robin Ventura (1989-98)

STAR SPANGLED BANNER: Grammy award winner Lou Rawls, a native of Chicago. Rawls previously sang the National Anthem prior to Game 1 in 1982 and Game 3 in 1985, both at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

GOD BLESS AMERICA: Trumpeter Chris Botti

DELIVERING THE FIRST PITCH: Prior to every World Series Game, one youth from a local chapter of Boys & Girls Club of America (BGCA) in the host city will deliver the game ball to the mound. Tonight the first pitch ball will be delivered by Danielle Wetterer, age 11 of the Valentine Boys & Girls Club Chicago.

2005 WORLD SERIES GAME TWO GIVEAWAY: Tonight, every fan entering the ballpark will receive a commemorative 2005 World Series lanyard and ticket holder courtesy of Bank of America, the official bank of Major League Baseball.

SWEEPSTAKES WINNER TO THROW OUT A FIRST PITCH: Pam Weiner of San Antonio, Texas, will throw out a ceremonial first prior to tonight's game. Weiner won tickets and the chance to throw out a ceremonial first pitch as part of a 2005 World Series sweepstakes at Walgreen's courtesy of Pepsi, the official soft drink of Major League Baseball.

MAGICALLY DELICIOUS: In each year that Baseball As America, the Baseball Hall of Fame's national touring exhibition has traveled the country, the exhibition has featured a nearby destination of a World Series participant...In 2002, the exhibition was on display at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County as the Anaheim Angels captured their first world championship...Baseball As America opened in St. Petersburg at the Florida International Museum just weeks after the Florida Marlins captured their second world championship...The exhibit was at the Missouri Historical Society in St. Louis last year and was in Houston earlier this year...As an added bonus, Washington, D.C. was awarded its third franchise while the exhibit was at Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History last summer.


For the first time in its history, Major League Baseball will use a World Series game as the platform for a comprehensive charitable program to raise funds and awareness in support of an ongoing initiative between Major League Baseball and Habitat for Humanity International.

Under the banner "Major League Baseball Rebuilds," MLB will spearhead an effort to build new homes for some residents of the Gulf Coast region who lost everything as a result of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The program will take place at a location near Minute Maid Park in Houston, the site for Game Three of the 2005 World Series. In addition, the television broadcast of Game Three, which will be televised nationally by FOX Sports and around the globe via MLB International, will feature a special rebuilding theme.

Major League Baseball and Habitat for Humanity will build eight houses during the World Series to benefit families that lost their homes as a result of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The eight houses, representing each of the eight MLB Clubs in the 2005 postseason, will be constructed on the plaza of the George R. Brown Convention Center, adjacent to Minute Maid Park, in Houston from October 25 - 27. A number of Major League Baseball and Club executives, current and former players and celebrities will join Habitat for Humanity volunteers in constructing the homes. In addition to the builds during the World Series, Major League Baseball and its Club will construct additional houses in local MLB markets throughout the off-season. More than 20 homes are scheduled to be built for the Gulf Coast region by Opening Day 2006.

WORLD SERIES SHORTS: ADAM EVERETT had an 8-game postseason hitting streak ended on Saturday...SCOTT PODSEDNIK'S triple last night was the 1st by a White Sox player in the World Series since CHICK GANDIL on Oct. 9, 1919, Game 8 vs. Cincinnati...Houston's WANDY RODRIGUEZ' 5 walks on Saturday were the most by a reliever in a World Series game since BOBBY CASTILLO walked 5 for Los Angeles on Oct. 20, 1981, Game 1 at New York....Chicago's TADAHITO IGUCHI became the 4th native of Japan to start a World Series game on Saturday, joining TSUYOSHI SHINJO, San Francisco (2002); HIDEKI MATSUI, New York Yankees (2003); and SO TAGUCHI, St. Louis (2004).

LOOKING AHEAD: Tuesday night will mark the first World Series game ever played in the State of Texas. It will also be the 6th time that a World Series has been played indoors: 1987 and 1991 at the Metrodome in Minnesota; 1992 and 1993 at SkyDome in Toronto; and 2001 at Bank One Ballpark in Arizona.

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