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Flash Points: John Flaherty breaks down the Game 6 pitching match-up

Posted by: Sam Borden - Posted in Misc on Oct 25, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Here’s a repost of the pitching breakdown from yesterday. Just wanted to make sure everyone had a chance to see it as we get set to finally play some baseball. Game post will be up shortly.


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 him out on the pre- and post-game show on YES today. Here’s his take on the Game 6 starters:

YANKEES: LHP Andy Pettitte (1-0, 2.84 ERA in postseason)

WHAT’S HE THROW? “Cut-fastball, sinking fastball, change-up, curveball”.”

BREAKDOWN: “Obviously Andy has a ton of experience and that is what the Yankees love about this pitching match up. He did a good job in game 3 except for 2 pitches. One to Kendrick and one to Vlad. That would be my one concern if I was catching this game. With Andy’s lack of velocity over the years, he will give up some home runs if he misses his spot. Look for Jorge to set up off the plate early in this game to make sure Andy gets the ball to the corners and off.”


ANGELS: LHP Joe Saunders (0-0, 2.57 in postseason)

WHAT’S HE THROW? “Two- and four-seam fastballs, sinker, change-up and the occasional slider.”

BREAKDOWN: “Saunders impressed me in Game 2 with his composure and rhythm for a guy who had a long time in between outings. His sinker was good but his change-up was fantastic. Remember, he can throw a straight fastball up in the zone which is sneaky. His slider for me is his fourth best pitch. I expect him to be good again because of how under control he seemed to be Game 2.”


EDGE: “The edge for me goes to the experience of Andy and also being home in the Bronx. The fans should be as loud as we have heard them all year in the new Stadium.”




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