ARLINGTON, Texas -- Yankees skipper Joe Girardi was asked, naturally, about Cliff Lee right after the Rangers won Game 2, 7-2.
There seems to be an assumption that the Rangers will win Game 3 because of Lee's sterling playoff record -- 6-0, 1.52 ERA in seven starts (his team has won all of his starts). Lee also has a complete game shutout in Yankee Stadium in the postseason, stopping New York in Game 1 of last year's World Series.
"We know he's very good," Girardi said. "We've seen him a lot in his career. There's been talk about Cliff Lee before he even started this series, and people were talking about Game 3. But let's not forget that we have a pretty good guy on the mound, too, that's won a lot of post-season games and has won a lot of clinchers in his career. I can go back to catching him in 1998 when he won the clincher against San Diego, and he's been doing it a long time. You would think that it would be a great match-up on Monday night."
Pettitte is 19-9 with a 3.87 ERA in 41 postseason starts. He gave up two runs in seven innings against the Twins in the ALDS this season. In the playoffs, Pettitte is 2-0 with a 2.61 ERA in three starts against the Rangers, with the last coming, of course, in 1999.
Pettitte did start against Texas in April in Yankee Stadium and held them to two runs in eight innings in a 5-2 win (Pettitte beat Rich Harden, who is no longer on the team).