Philadelphia (-) at Tampa Bay (-)

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Phils to rely on Myers' arm in Game 2

The Phillies have Brett Myers starting Game 2 of the best-of-seven World Series on Thursday night at Tropicana Field against "Big Game" James Shields. But they'll have to rely on Myers' right arm rather than his potent bat.

Phillies probable pitcher

Brett Myers

  • #39 RHP
  • (0-0) -.-- ERA 0 SO

Phillies: Myers has proven to be a better pitcher at Citizens Bank Park, where he produced a 3.01 ERA in the regular season and two wins in the playoffs. On the road, by contrast, he was 3-8 with a 6.21 ERA. Yet manager Charlie Manuel chose to start Myers on the road in Game 2.

  W-L ERA IP BB SO AVG
Career 69-60 4.37 1113.0 390 936 .261
Season 10-13 4.55 190.0 65 163 .267
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Shields ready for biggest game yet

James Shields picked up the moniker "Big Game James" in the Tampa Bay farm system, long before the parent club could even dream of putting those kinds of contests on its to-do list. Now comes his biggest game yet.

Rays probable pitcher

James Shields

  • #33 RHP
  • (0-0) -.-- ERA 0 SO

Rays: Shields was 0-2 with a 3.46 ERA in two ALCS starts. In Game 1 on Oct. 10, the right-hander allowed just two runs over 7 1/3 innings, but he was outdueled by the Red Sox's Daisuke Matsuzaka, who allowed only four hits in seven-plus scoreless innings of the Rays' 2-0 loss. In Game 6 at Tropicana Field on Saturday, Shields surrendered four runs on nine hits over 5 2/3 innings in Tampa Bay's 4-2 loss. The 26-year-old right-hander's best pitch has always been his changeup, but he also has a plus fastball and curve and he's added a cutter that has helped him throw inside to left-handers.

  W-L ERA IP BB SO AVG
Career 32-24 3.96 554.2 114 448 .259
Season 14-8 3.56 215.0 40 160 .254

Phillies hitters vs James Shields
Regular Season stats only

  2008 2003-2007
Hitter AVG AB HR RBI AVG AB HR RBI

Rays hitters vs Brett Myers
Regular Season stats only

  2008 2003-2007
Hitter AVG AB HR RBI AVG AB HR RBI
Aybar, Willy - - - - .333 6 0 0
Baldelli, Rocco - - - - - - - -
Bartlett, Jason - - - - - - - -
Crawford, Carl - - - - - - - -
Floyd, Cliff - - - - .364 33 3 8
Gross, Gabe - - - - .000 1 0 0
Hernandez, Michel - - - - - - - -
Iwamura, Akinori - - - - - - - -
Longoria, Evan - - - - - - - -
Navarro, Dioner - - - - .000 3 0 0
Pena, Carlos - - - - .000 3 0 0
Perez, Fernando - - - - - - - -
Upton, B.J. - - - - - - - -
Zobrist, Ben - - - - - - - -

Trop-ical paradise: Shields leads way (1-1) (1-1)

Rays 4, Phillies 2
 
James Shields tossed 5 2/3 innings for the win. (Jamie Squire/Getty)

Rays 4, Phillies 2

PhiladelphiaABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Rollins, SS5000014.000
Werth, RF5010022.333
Utley, 2B4000114.250
Howard, 1B5020013.222
Burrell, LF3000111.000
Victorino, CF4020002.500
Dobbs, DH3010024.333
  a-Bruntlett, PH-DH1111000.500
Feliz, 3B4000006.286
Ruiz, C2120200.400
Totals362914826 

a-Homered for Dobbs in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Howard (1, Shields), Ruiz 2 (2, Shields, Price).
HR: Bruntlett (1, 8th inning off Price, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Werth; Howard 3; Victorino 2; Dobbs; Bruntlett 4; Ruiz 4.
RBI: Bruntlett (1).
2-out RBI: Bruntlett.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Feliz 4; Utley; Howard.
Team LOB: 11.

BASERUNNING
SB: Ruiz (1, 2nd base off Wheeler/Navarro).

FIELDING
E: Werth (1, fielding), Ruiz (1, pickoff).
Outfield assists: Werth (Baldelli at home).
DP: (Rollins-Utley-Howard).

 
Tampa BayABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Iwamura, 2B3100105.429
Upton, CF4121001.250
Pena, 1B3001111.000
Longoria, 3B4001011.000
Crawford, LF4000001.125
Floyd, DH3110000.333
Navarro, C3120000.333
Baldelli, RF2000112.000
Bartlett, SS2021000.667
Totals284743311 

BATTING
TB: Upton 2; Floyd; Navarro 2; Bartlett 2.
RBI: Pena (1), Longoria (1), Upton (1), Bartlett (1).
2-out RBI: Upton.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Iwamura; Crawford.
S: Bartlett.
GIDP: Upton.
Team LOB: 4.

FIELDING
E: Longoria (1, fielding).
Outfield assists: Baldelli (Werth at 1st base).
DP: (Baldelli-Pena).

 
PhiladelphiaIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Myers (L, 0-1)7.07433203.86
Romero 1.00000100.00
 
Tampa BayIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Shields (W, 1-0)5.27002400.00
Wheeler (H, 1)1.00001200.00
Price 2.12211213.86

WP: Shields.
Pitches-strikes: Myers 85-55, Romero 9-7, Shields 104-67, Wheeler 26-17, Price 42-25.
Groundouts-flyouts: Myers 11-7, Romero 0-2, Shields 7-5, Wheeler 1-0, Price 3-2.
Batters faced: Myers 29, Romero 3, Shields 25, Wheeler 4, Price 11.
Inherited runners-scored: Wheeler 2-0, Price 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Kerwin Danley. 1B: Fieldin Culbreth. 2B: Tom Hallion. 3B: Jeff Kellogg. LF: Tim Tschida. RF: Tim Welke.
Weather: 72 degrees, dome.
Wind: Indoors.
T: 3:05.
Att: 40,843.
October 23, 2008

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner