Monday, October 27, 2008
Updated: October 28, 3:18 AM ET
Phils ace Hamels trying to enter fifth dimension
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A fifth postseason victory by Cole Hamels would clinch a World Series title for the Phillies.
HIGH-FIVE FOR HAMELS?
By Mark Simon, ESPN Research
Cole Hamels has a chance to make history in his start in Game 5 of the World Series. With another dominant performance, Hamels would improve to 5-0 and tie the record for most wins in a postseason.
Francisco Rodriguez and Randy Johnson have both previously won five games in the postseason, but Hamels would be unique in that he won't have any defeats. Hamels was only 7-7 at Citizens Bank Park in the regular season, but his 2-0 mark this October has shown he's a completely different pitcher at this point in the season.
Scott Kazmir's biggest problem pitching on the road in 2008 has been keeping the ball in the ballpark. Kazmir has allowed home runs with alarming frequency and Citizens Bank Park isn't friendly to pitchers like that. To be successful on Monday, Kazmir will need to buck that trend, much like he did in his lone postseason start at Fenway Park in the ALCS.
|Most Wins, Single Postseason
||2007 Red Sox
|* -- team won the World Series
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|Scott Kazmir on the road
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|1 a.m. ET
|Host: Karl Ravech
Analysts: John Kruk, Steve Phillips,
Chris Singleton, Peter Gammons,
Buster Olney, Fernando Vina
BBTN MINUTE: PREVIEWING GAME 5
STAT OF THE DAY
According to Inside Edge's scouting data, Rays lefty and World Series Game 5 starter Scott Kazmir was one of the most likely pitchers this year to walk the leadoff batter of an inning.
Here's how Kazmir compares to the other starting pitchers playing in the Fall Classic (league average is 7.1 percent):
THIS DATE IN POSTSEASON HISTORY: OCT. 27
The Kansas City Royals become the sixth team ever to overcome a 3-1 deficit to win the World Series behind MVP Bret Saberhagen, who blanks the Cardinals 11-0 in Game 7.
In one of the greatest Game 7 pitching performances, Jack Morris shuts out the Braves over 10 innings as the Twins win 1-0 to capture their second World Series title in five years.
The Angels win their first-ever World Series title as rookie John Lackey pitches them past the Giants, 4-1, in Game 7.
After 86 years of hard luck and agony, the Red Sox finally win a World Series. Boston blanks the Cardinals 3-0 to complete a four-game sweep.