Matt Bandi

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    Exploring the Arsenal: A Preview of the Detroit Tigers’ 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: A Preview of the Cincinnati 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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    A Sunday Afternoon in Altoona

    Pribanic was effective again. I was on the road Sunday afternoon, making a trip down to Maryland. With the opportunity available, I took a quick detour to Altoona to see the Curve take on the Erie SeaWolves. There was rain in the area, but it stayed mostly dry throughout the game. Erie...

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    Exploring the Arsenal: A Preview of the Washington 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: A Preview of the Milwaukee Brewers’ 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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    What’s wrong with Andrew McCutchen?

    Dave Arrigo - Pittsburgh Pirates Clearly, Andrew McCutchen is slumping. After a hot start on the season's opening road trip, he has hit .162/.279/.270 in his past 86 plate appearances. There is little to worry about at this point, as we are only a month into the season. He had a .286/.365/.459...

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    Revisiting the Clayton Hamilton Story

    In August 2007, an article by John Perrotto revealed the strange story of Pirates prospect Clayton Hamilton (it appears that Perrotto’s article has been since removed, so here is a link to Pat Lackey’s take on the issue). In 2006, Hamilton was diagnosed with an oblique injury. He spent time on the...

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    Pitch f/x: Comparing the Strike Zones for Pirates, Opponents

    Crotta fell victim to a small zone on Sunday There was quite a bit of discussion regarding the role of umpiring in the Pirates’ 6-5 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Sunday afternoon. In particular, attention was focused on Mike Crotta’s relief outing in the seventh inning of that game. Crotta walked...

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    Taking a Look at Morton’s Pitch Location

    Photo: Dave Arrigo Obviously, Charlie Morton leaned heavily on his sinker last night in St. Louis. According to Brooks Baseball, 68 of his 94 pitches were sinkers (Brooks officially labels them as two-seam fastballs). The pitch was effective, with 15 of 18 balls in play ending up on the ground. The Cardinals...

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    Fields traded to Colorado

    Fields has moved on to the Rockies organization.The Pirates traded infielder Josh Fields to the Colorado Rockies today for a player to be named later or cash. Fields, a non-roster invitee, was optioned to minor league camp on Friday. He struggled this spring, hitting .172/.306/.207 in 29 at-bats. Fields was unlikely to...

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