As expected, Andy Pettitte will start Game 6 of the World Series for the Yankees tomorrow night. The Phillies will counter with Pedro Martinez.
Pettitte, who has more postseason wins than any pitcher in baseball history, will come back on three days' rest. He struck out seven and allowed four runs in six innings in a Game 2 victory Saturday night.
Manager Joe Girardi had said before Monday night's Game 5 that he wanted to see how Pettitte felt today before naming him the starter, officially.
Asked today about the conversation with Pettitte, Girardi said it went something like this: " 'How do you feel?' and he said he felt great. It doesn't take more than that. This is something that we talked about, and we're still very comfortable doing it, and he's our guy tomorrow."
The Yankees are attempting to become the first team to win the World Series with only three starting pitchers since the 1991 Minnesota Twins.
Girardi was asked what signs he would look for in Pettitte to determine if he was fatigued. "You could talk about lack of velocity. You could talk about location. But you can have all those things on normal rest. You can have lack of location on normal rest, extra rest, short rest. I mean, that's the thing. And a lot of times things are overanalyzed.
Fatigue can manifest itself in a lot of different ways, but to me if they're really fatigued you're not going to see the consistency in the velocity."
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