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Flash Points: John Flaherty breaks down the Game 5 pitching match-up

Posted by: Sam Borden - Posted in Misc on Nov 02, 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 5 starters:


WHAT’S HE THROW? “Two kinds of fastballs, power curveball, change-up”

BREAKDOWN: “To start with, I’m not that concerned about the three days rest thing – his numbers doing that are fantastic and more importantly, A.J.’s confidence is overflowing right now after doing what he did in Game 2. I think he is champing at the bit to get back out there. The one thing we’ve talked about all postseason is whether he can keep his emotions under control and I was impressed with how he handled the 0-1 situation in Game 2. This is a different set of emotions, knowing he can close out the World Series, but I have no reason to think he won’t be able to handle it, too. In terms of pitches, look for him to go back to that power curve as much as he can, especially if it’s working like it was in Game 2. He really was on top of it then and got most of his strikeouts with that pitch.”



WHAT’S HE THROW? “Two fastballs, cutter, curveball, change-up”

BREAKDOWN: “Lee has had an unbelievable postseason and he throws everything – all of his pitches – for strikes. If you’re a hitter, you feel like you’re being attacked because there is just no room for patience at all. I think the Yankees will look to take the attitude that they can’t wait – they’re going to go up there hacking tonight, because if you try to wait him out you just end up down in the count and that’s when Lee can be even tougher to handle. I expect Lee to be as good as he’s been tonight, so it will be up to A.J. to hang with him and turn this game into a real battle.”


EDGE: “On pitching alone, I’d give a slight edge to Lee but less than if you’d asked me at the start of the series. That’s how much I think of what A.J. did in Game 2. I’d say this, too: I think the first three innings are huge tonight. If Lee stumbles at all, and gives up a few runs, I think the Phillies might say ‘we can’t win three in a row against this team’ and make life easier for A.J. In a game like this one, I see one inning – or even one hit – being the difference.”




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