Trailing three games to two, the Pirates are in Baltimore for game six and, hopefully, game seven of the World Series. They’re trying to become the fourth team ever to come back from a 3-1 deficit, and the first franchise to do it twice. In 1925, they were the first team to mount such a comeback.
The starters will be John Candelaria for the Pirates and Jim Palmer for the Orioles. Candelaria went 14-9, 3.22 in the regular season. He pitched well against Cincinnati in the opener of the NLCS, allowing two runs in seven innings and getting a no-decision. In game three of the World Series, he got hammered for six runs, five earned, in three-plus innings.
Palmer went 10-6, 3.30 during the regular season. In the opener of the ALCS, he went nine innings, giving up three runs to the Angels. The Orioles won in ten. He started game two against the Pirates, allowing two runs in seven innings for another no-decision. Game six will be Palmer’s 15th post-season start.