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Exploring the Arsenal: Previewing the Cubs’ Probable Starting Pitchers (Part 1)

Exploring the Arsenal: Previewing the Cubs’ Probable Starting Pitchers (Part 1)

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 – Carlos Zambrano

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Zambrano's fastball sits around 90 MPH and can touch as high as 94. He also throws a two-seamer with good sinking movement and a cutter, both at similar velocities. Against left-handed batters, he generally throws the two-seamer on the outer half and uses the cutter to tie up the inside corner. ...

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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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