Matt Bandi

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    Exploring the Arsenal: Previewing the Marlins’ Probable Starting Pitchers

    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...

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    Exploring the Arsenal: Previewing the Astros’ Probable Starting Pitchers

    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...

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    Pirates offense underperforming, but should improve

    Someone asked me on Twitter today what the overall problem with the Pirates offense has been so far in 2012. The answer is pretty simple. Outside of Pedro Alvarez and Garrett Jones, just about everyone in the starting lineup has been underperforming. Here is a list of the Pirates’ position players, along...

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    Exploring the Arsenal: Previewing the Nationals’ Probable Starting Pitchers

    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...

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    Exploring the Arsenal: Previewing the Reds’ Probable Starting Pitchers

    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...

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    Taking a look at last night’s strike zone

    During the second inning of last night’s game, Pirates catcher Rod Barajas took issue with a ball that was called with Carlos Beltran at the plate. In turn, home plate umpire Angel Campos took issue with whatever comment Barajas made and tossed him from the game. Barajas was visibly furious, and manager...

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    Goldstein: Taillon and Cole among potential number one starters currently in minors

    Kevin Goldstein has an interesting article up at both Baseball Prospectus and ESPN Insider today, breaking down what it means to be a true number one starter from a scouting perspective. The article is subscription only, so you will need either a BP or Insider account to read the entire piece. Goldstein...

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    Exploring the Arsenal: Previewing the Cardinals’ Probable Starting Pitchers

    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 the season indicated. These charts are from the catcher’s...

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    Barajas’ first-pitch swing not as foolish as it seemed

    Rod Barajas stepped to the plate in the fourth inning last night, with the bases loaded and one out. The Pirates trailed 2-1 and Tommy Hanson was struggling with his control. He had walked the two previous batters, the most recent on only four pitches. Barajas stepped in, hacked at the first...

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    Pirates’ stolen base strategy baffling

    If you have been following me on Twitter tonight, this may seem a bit repetitive. But I felt this deserved its own post. After Alex Presley was thrown out trying to steal second in tonight's game, I decided to check out some of the Pirates' stolen base stats. Consider the following numbers,...

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