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It's a power-packed matchup, marking the first time since 1926 the World Series pits the teams that finished 1-2 in the majors in home runs, according to STATS LLC. Back then, Babe Ruth and the Yankees led with 121, followed by St. Louis with 90.
This year, Mark Teixeira and the Yankees hit 244 and the Phillies tied with Texas at 224.
Add in two homer-friendly parks, along with the teams that led their leagues in runs, and runs could flow. Then again, everyone knows that pitching rules the postseason -- neither Manuel nor Yankees manager Joe Girardi has announced his plans, though New York seems to be leaning toward a three-man rotation of Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Pettitte.
But what about Brad Lidge? A postseason star last year, the Phillies reliever was a bust this season. That is, until this October -- he was the only closer in the playoffs who did not give up a run.
Also worth watching: the forecast.
After last year's World Series ended with a game suspended two days because of rain, more wet weather might be on the way.
AccuWeather.com said a storm was headed toward the Bronx and predicted rain and temperatures in the mid-50s for Game 1, with the drizzle possibly lingering for Game 2 Thursday night.
The first World Series game at the new, $1.5 billion Yankee Stadium will be played across the street from the old ballpark, where a record 26 championship banners flew.
"There's definitely a special mystique when you walk into Yankee Stadium, new or old," Phillies outfielder Jayson Werth said. "It's the cathedral of baseball, where everybody wanted to play as a kid."
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