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Flash Points: John Flaherty breaks down the Game 3 pitching match-up

Posted by: Sam Borden - Posted in Misc on Oct 19, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Former Yankee and current YES Network analyst John Flaherty has agreed to break down the pitching match-up for every Yankees postseason game exclusively on the LoHud Yankees blog. Be sure to check out John on the YES pre- and post-game shows today. Because of the short time before the game today (and the time change), here’s his mini-take on the Game 3 starters:

YANKEES: LHP Andy Pettitte
“Andy will throw cut fastballs to both sides of the plate. He will also sink the fastball away to righties, throw curves to both and change-ups to the righties. This mix is what has made him effective, as his velocity has decreased through the years. If you are a hitter against him you have to cover a lot: Both sides of the plate, up and down and cut movement as well as sinking movement.”

ANGELS: RHP Jered Weaver
“Weaver could be the ace of this staff in that he has the best stuff overall. Good fastball which is pretty straight. Nice, big, sweeping ‘slurve’-type breaking ball and a really good change. What makes him tough is that he really hides the ball so well. He throws across his body so much that he is real deceptive, especially for the righties. His numbers at home are fantastic and the only downside is that he gives up a lot of fly balls – which might be dangerous against the Yankee line up. I like him in that he is confident, almost cocky, out on the mound.”

EDGE: “If I had to give the edge it would be to Andy because of his postseason experience and the fact that there will be some much pressure put on Weaver to save the Angels’ season.”




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