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 .
Wednesday, 12:35 PM – Ben Sheets
Sheets underwent Tommy John surgery in July 2010 and did not pitch again until attempting a comeback in July of this year. He made eight starts with the Braves before going on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation in late August. Today will be the final start of his career, as he plans to retire after the season. Sheets used to regularly throw in the mid 90′s, but his four-seam fastball now sits around 89-91 MPH. He also throws a two-seamer that comes in just a tick slower. His primary secondary pitch is a 77-79 MPH curveball, and he also throws a 80-81 MPH changeup. He also appears to mix in a mid 80′s cutter or slider.