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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 31, 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 him out on the pre- and post-game show on YES today. Here’s his take on the Game 3 starters:

YANKEES: LHP Andy Pettitte

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

BREAKDOWN: “I expect Andy to do what he’s done throughout this postseason, and that’s perform in a big spot. He has been working both sides of the plate very well, and he needs to continue that. The Phillies have several left-handed hitters and I thought CC showed the way in Game 1 because he threw to the inside part of the plate to them. Those guys – Howard, Utley – they like balls out over the plate that they can go the other way with, and that means you want to come inside. That’s not necessarily Andy’s strength, but he’ll have to focus on it this time. I also look for him to shut down the Phillies running game with his pickoff move. That is an important key.”



WHAT’S HE THROW? “Fastball, curveball, change-up”

BREAKDOWN: “Hamels gets his fastball in the 90-93 mph range, but it’s straight as a string; he doesn’t throw a two-seamer. The curveball was good for him last year, but he’s struggled with it this year and has gone away from it, which has hurt him. I think Pedro pitching in Game 2 in New York says a lot about Hamels’s psyche right now, and it isn’t good. To me, as an outsider, that isn’t a positive sign for the Phillies going in though it can work both ways – I get the feeling the Phillies aren’t expecting much from him, so if he is able to get it together and deliver something, it could be a big lift for them.”


EDGE: “This is the biggest edge I’ve seen because Pettitte is really in his element and Hamels just can’t seem to get going. I know he was great in the World Series last year and the Phillies obviously have their fingers crossed that it’ll happen again, but I don’t see it. I give Pettitte the edge here big time.”




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