Exploring the Arsenal will run prior to each game, providing you with a brief scouting report on the starting pitcher expected to oppose the Pirates. The chart below shows the horizontal and vertical movement of every pitch thrown by that particular pitcher in 2012. This chart is from the catcher’s point of view. Click here for a general guide to pitch types and classifications. Graphs are courtesy of Brooks Baseball and The Hardball Times , unless otherwise specified. Statistics are courtesy of FanGraphs .
Sunday, 1:10 PM – Homer Bailey
Bailey’s fastball sits around 91-94 MPH and can get up to the 95-96 range on occasion. He throws a hard 85-88 MPH slider, which he has gone to a bit more frequently the past few years. He also throws a 76-79 MPH curve and an 85-87 MPH splitter. The slider has been more effective with increased usage, missing more bats in recent years. His curve and splitter have also generated solid whiff rates so far in 2012. In the past, Bailey leaned heavily on his fastball, throwing it more than 70% of the time. However, beginning in 2011, he began mixing in his secondary offerings more frequently.