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Flash Points: John Flaherty breaks down the Game 4 pitching match-up

Posted by: Sam Borden - Posted in Misc on Nov 01, 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 4 starters:


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

BREAKDOWN: “I think CC is going to be better than he was in Game 1, particularly when it comes to location. I think he was a little amped up with the extra rest before that one, and working on short rest like he did in Game 4 of the ALCS will help him to slow it down a little early in the game and really focus on getting slider working. He did a very good job going inside on the Phillies left-handed hitters and that will be important again, especially if he’s able to locate his fastball. He knows it’s a big game and he’s shown that he’s capable of stepping it up and giving the Yankees the kind of performance they need from their ace.”



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

BREAKDOWN: “He’s got several pitches but none of them are really plus pitches, none of them are really overwhelming. He’s a guy that has to work hard for his success, and I’m just not sure he has the stuff to get the Yankees lineup out a few times through. Truthfully, I’m pretty surprised that Charlie Manuel is pitching him and not going to Cliff Lee on short rest. I know he’s never done it, but in a critical game, why not go to your ace? Then again, everyone was surprised when the Indians pitched Paul Byrd a few years ago and he was able to do a great job, so maybe they see something in Blanton that we don’t.”


EDGE: “Again I see a big edge for the Yankees here on the pitching side, even with Sabathia going short. He’s done this before and I’m just not sure Blanton has the stuff to keep the Yankees down.”




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