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Michael Taylor 23rd Oct 2008 - 11:42

World Series game two: Phillies at Rays

After a narrow loss in game one the Tampa Bay Rays will be going out all guns blazing in an attempt to even matters up with the Philadelphia Phillies in game two of the World Series.

The Rays may feel that they hold the advantage over the Phillies in game two as they hand the ball to 26 year old righty James Shields. Shields pitched a franchise leading 215 innings in the regular season posting an era of 3.56 and is seen by many as the star of the Rays' pitching staff. He has a low 90s fastball and complements it with an outstanding change-up. His game is based on consistently locating his pitches and if he is to suceed he will have to ensure the grandeur of the occassion does not affect his command.

For the Philadelphia Phillies Brett Myers gets the start. Myers is an intimidating figure but has, on occassion, had big command issues. In fact, his early regular season form was so poor that Phillies manager Charlie Manuel sent him down to the minors, but on his return he was a whole new proposition. He mixes a good fastball with some outstanding breaking pitches which often induce embarrassing swings from batters. The key for Myers is to keep his cool. He is a notoriously hot-headed character both on the mound and in his private life and only time will tell on how he copes in his first World Series appearance. He is also still prone to the odd terrible game, so much will depend on which Brett Myers shows up at Tropicana Field.

The Rays desperately need to win this game and will feel that they owe their new found support a good performance. Shields looks to be the more accomplished pitcher right now and this match-up makes it difficult to look past anything other than a Rays win. William Hill is currently offering 13/10 for a Tampa Bay win with a -1.5 run handicap and if their offence performs as they did in the ALCS then this looks good value. Check out our full range of World Series betting.

 
 
 

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