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Exploring the Arsenal: Previewing the Reds’ Probable Starting Pitchers

Exploring the Arsenal: Previewing the Reds’ Probable Starting Pitchers

Exploring the Arsenal will run prior to each series, providing you with a brief scouting report on the starting pitchers expected to oppose the Pirates. The charts below show the horizontal and vertical movement of every pitch thrown by that particular pitcher in 2011. These charts are from the catcher’s point of view. For a general guide to pitch types for a right-handed pitcher, please check out this image created by Sons of Sam Horn. Graphs are courtesy of FanGraphs.

Pitch Types

FA: Four-Seam Fastball
FT: Two-Seam Fastball
FC: Cutter

CU: Curveball
SL: Slider
CH: Changeup

FS: Splitter

 

Monday, 7:05 PM – Dontrelle Willis
(2010 pitches)

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The issue with Willis has always been his erratic control. He seems to have made some progress in that area this year, as he has cut his walk rate dramatically at Triple-A Columbus. He does not miss many bats, and has historically posted below average strikeout rates at the majo...

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Matt has covered the Pirates at Wait ‘Til Next Year, Pittsburgh Lumber Co. and now Pirates Prospects. He served as Pirates team expert for Heater Magazine in 2009 and 2010 and has contributed to Graphical Player 2009, 2010 and 2011. Matt was also the editor of the 2011 and 2012 Pirates Prospects Annuals.

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