Pedro's start adds a little more spice to this World Series
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By Tim Kurkjian, ESPN The MagazineIt's a fascinating matchup for Game 2 of the World Series because Pedro Martinez is not only making the start for Philadelphia, but the game is at Yankee Stadium. At the old stadium, Martinez had some memorable games -- both good and bad.
NUMBERS TO KNOWThe last time Pedro Martinez faced the Yankees in a postseason game in the Bronx, he was striking out batters with his fastball, which averaged 92 mph and hit 97 on the radar gun in the fall of 2004. This time around, Pedro's fastball averages just 89 mph. He's relied on his off-speed stuff to fool batters. One of the keys to Pedro's success this season has been his ability to get outs when behind in the count.
|Pedro Martinez when behind in the count (2009)|
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ESPN researcher Mark Simon digs deep looking for the night's best baseball numbers.Tonight, he looks at Pedro Martinez's history against the Yankees. Martinez is set to go for the Phillies in Game 2 on Thursday.
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