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 view. (courtesy of FanGraphs) Pitch Types   FA: Four-Seam Fastball FT: Two-Seam Fastball FC: Cutter CU: Curveball SL:...

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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 view. (courtesy of FanGraphs)   Friday, 8:10 PM – Yovani Gallardo (click to enlarge) Gallardo’s low 90’s fastball is...

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What’s wrong with Andrew McCutchen?

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 line in 1146 career major league plate appearances entering the year, so there is no reason to be concerned over a rough 30-day stretch. That being said, let’s take...

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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 disabled list, rested over the offseason, attempted to return to the mound in 2008, and finally had some tests done in Bradenton. At that...

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

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 three of the four batters he faced, helping the Rockies score twice and take a lead they would not relinquish. Pitch f/x data collected by Brooks Baseball indicated that several...

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