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, 1:35 PM – Chris Rusin
Rusin is a soft-tossing lefty making just his third start in the big leagues. He has a limited amount of PITCHf/x data available, and I struggled to find scouting reports on him. The southpaw has a bit of a funky arm action during his delivery, which can be deceptive on opposing hitters. His fastball sits around 88-90 MPH, and his two-seamer shows off some decent arm-side run. He also throws an 85-88 MPH cutter. Rusin appears to throw two breaking balls, a low 80’s slider and a 78-80 MPH curve, and mixes in a 79-81 MPH changeup that occasionally flashes as a plus pitch. Rusin really struggled in his last start in Washington, allowing five runs on eight hits without recording an out in the second inning.