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10/29/09 9:00 AM ET

World Series Predictions: Game 2

Experts expect Martinez to display vintage form in Bronx

The Philadelphia Phillies believe that Pedro Martinez is the right man in the right spot.

Philadelphia jumped ahead of the New York Yankees in the World Series by taking Wednesday night's opener, 6-1, behind Cliff Lee's complete-game six-hitter. The Game 1 winner has captured each of the past six Fall Classics.

Conventional wisdom suggests that Martinez -- who's slated to start Game 2 Thursday night -- can sustain the Phillies' momentum while handling New York's formidable lineup and the challenge of pitching as a visiting player at Yankee Stadium. The future Hall of Famer has subdued the Yankees in their ballpark multiple times during his career, particularly while pitching for Boston from 1998-2004. Martinez recorded an 8-4 mark with a 2.95 ERA in 16 starts at the old Stadium.

Should Martinez succeed, the Phillies would head for home -- where Games 3-5 of the Series are
scheduled -- with a commanding 2-0 Series lead.

Martinez, who owns a 219-100 lifetime record in the regular season, would be a good choice to pitch Game 2 under any circumstance. Of course, the 38-year-old appears to have settled in an especially ideal spot in this situation. As a right-hander, he's an ideal choice to pitch between Lee and fellow southpaw Cole Hamels, who's scheduled to start Game 3 for Philadelphia on Saturday.

Although Martinez received a no-decision in his only other start this postseason, his wasn't an ordinary effort. He surrendered just two hits in seven shutout innings in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series at Dodger Stadium, but the Phillies' offense took a rare vacation as Los Angeles triumphed, 2-1.

Interestingly, Martinez has faced Derek Jeter more than any other hitter during his career. The Yankees captain has amassed 99 regular-season plate appearances against Martinez, batting just .256 (22-for-86) with three home runs and only six RBIs.

Other Yankees hitters familiar with Martinez include Jorge Posada (.183, 11-for-60), Alex Rodriguez (.291, 16-for-55), Hideki Matsui (.143, 4-for-28) and Robinson Cano (.000, 0-for-12).

The Yankees will counter with right-hander A.J. Burnett, who has no record with a 4.42 ERA in three postseason starts this year after finishing 13-9 with a 4.04 ERA in the regular season.

The following charts break down how the experts from MLB.com and MLB Network see Game 2 of the World Series unfolding:

World Series Game 2 Predictions
Greg AmsingerTMRHEAnalysis
MLBNPHI7140Pedro dominates with eight shutout frames.
Hal BodleyTMRHEAnalysis
MLB.comPHI351Pedro can't find old magic.
Noah CoslovTMRHEAnalysis
MLB.comPHI7100Pedro outduels Burnett.
Jim DuquetteTMRHEAnalysis
MLB.comPHI381Yanks KO Pedro in fourth; Tex, A-Rod go back to back.
Vinny MicucciTMRHEAnalysis
MLB.comPHI381Pedro impressive, but Phils 'pen breaks down.
Jeff NelsonTMRHEAnalysis
MLB.comPHI5101Yanks pound Pedro, even series.
Victor RojasTMRHEAnalysis
MLBNPHI6120Vintage Pedro dominates at Stadium.
Mitch WilliamsTMRHEAnalysis
MLBNPHI6130Pedro does just enough to eke out win.

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