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 his career. 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 .
Friday, 8:05 PM – Edgar Gonzalez
Gonzalez began the season with Colorado Springs, the Rockies’ Triple-A affiliate. He also spent a couple of months pitching for Monterrey of the Mexican League before signing with Houston in late August. He made two starts with Triple-A Oklahoma City, allowing two runs over 13 innings. He made his MLB season debut on September 3rd at PNC Park, allowing only one run to the Pirates in 5.1 innings. He made another effective start in Cincinnati before being hit hard by the Phillies a week ago. Gonzalez has thrown his fastball in the 88-92 MPH range with some sinking movement in his first few starts. He also appears to have a slurvy 73-79 MPH breaking ball, a 74-78 MPH changeup and an 83-86 MPH cutter.