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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Sep 28, 2010 at 04:18:30 PM

Chris Shearn, host of batting practice today premiered thisand here is my take on five hot-button Yankee topics.

1 - The Yankees will win the AL East.

They will. The Rays have not been playing that great either and despite the advantage in schedule, the Yankees can still pull the division out but only if they win with CC Sabathia on the mound tonight.

2. Yankees fans should be concerned about Mariano Rivera.

Hardly. Rivera's ruts are what other teams would like to see from their closers as opposed to full-scale implosions. There is a reason that in Rivera's 15 years as closer some teams have had 10 closers in that span.

3. Javier Vazquez will be on the postseason roster.

A few months ago he was a definite but now his chances because of his recent performances,

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Sep 4, 2010 at 09:10:52 PM

A week ago, the Yankees began an eight-game winning streak with a homerun filled victory in Chicago.

That night the starting pitching produced the following: seven innings, nine hits and five runs.  The relievers produced two innings and four runs on seven hits.

Other than that night for the most part during the longest winning streak of the year, the numbers have somewhat been reversed.

During this winning streak, the starting pitchers have pitched 45 innings for an ERA of 5.20. On three occasions a starting pitcher has not lasted long enough to qualify for the win and this is a stretch that includes a dominating performance by CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett’s best start in at least a month.

That brings us to the bullpen, which since July 26 has pitched 115 innings and allowed

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Aug 31, 2010 at 02:10:00 AM

Late life on the fastball means a pitch that moves as it approaches the plate and appears to pick up speed on the way.

When you hear stuff like the ball stayed true to the plate or it seems like the ball is exploding, that is what transpired.

Last night, Javier Vazquez’s fastball featured that characteristic and during 4 2/3 relief innings, he threw 30 four-seam fastballs that averaged 89.37 and six two-seamers that averaged 88.6.  Of those pitches, 24 were for strikes.

The reason Vazquez was so successful was because it had that life, it stayed true and didn’t stray away from the strike zone.

"It’s just life," Jorge Posada said.  "After the ball left his arm, it seemed like the ball was exploding."

The cause of this renewed life in the fastball