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

Posted by: Sam Borden - Posted in Misc on Nov 04, 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 6 starters:

YANKEES: LHP Andy Pettitte

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

BREAKDOWN: “I have to say I’m concerned about short rest with Andy, especially at his age and for a guy who had a shoulder problem near the end of the season. Then again, I was not concerned about it with A.J. and he didn’t get the job done, so there is a big element of unknown there. I think the key for Andy tonight is going to be location – you hear all the time pitchers talk about how they had good stuff but couldn’t locate it, and tonight I think it’s sort of the opposite; Andy may not have has sharpest breaking ball or his velocity, but if he can locate it effectively, he’ll do well. One thing I noticed his last time out was that his delivery was more ‘spread out’ than I’d seen it in the past, and from the back camera you could really see his arm drop; he needs to stay on top of it tonight and do his best to keep that mechanic smooth.”


PHILLIES: RHP Pedro Martinez

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

BREAKDOWN: “I’ve heard some people talk about how Pedro had tons of extra rest before his Game 2 start and obviously he only has the regular rest this time, but I don’t think that will be a factor. It looked to me like he was pitching at about 70 % in Game 2 and kept plenty in reserve to dial it up at a few crucial moments during the game. I don’t see why he wouldn’t be effective again if he keeps mixing his pitches – he really had the Yankees off balance and you could see that not having his old velocity didn’t matter. The one thing I noticed that the Yankees may be able to exploit is his ‘slurve.’ It’s not really a slider, not really a curve and it’s not a hard breaking pitch, so he’s got to be very careful with it. It’s more of a rolling pitch and it was what Matsui took him deep on. If he misses with that, they can make him pay.”


EDGE: “In terms of only starting pitching, I’d say I have less concern about Pedro than I do about Andy, but the truth is that I don’t see the starters deciding this game. This is going to be a bullpen game tonight, and from that perspective, you have to like the Yankees pen over the Phillies pen. I think both starters will get the game to the bullpens with the score close, and we’ll see what happens from there.”




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