Exploring the Arsenal – Jake Westbrook

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...

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Exploring the Arsenal – Joe Blanton

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...

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The Batting Title is Andrew McCutchen’s to Lose

Andrew McCutchen is currently in the lead for the batting title in the National League, and his .359 average leads the majors. The biggest threat to his league leading average this year has been Melky Cabrera, who currently has a .346 average. But today it was announced by Major League Baseball that Cabrera was suspended 50 games after testing positive for testosterone. The San Francisco Giants only have 45 games remaining, which...

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Exploring the Arsenal – Clayton Kershaw

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...

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Pirates Likely to Go Back to Five-Man Rotation

After the stretch of 20 games without a day off ends on the 23rd, the Pirates will likely go back to a normal five man rotation. Pittsburgh still has eight more starts lined up before the off day after traveling to St. Louis and San Diego starting on Friday. The club will return home on the 24 to open up a six-game homestand. The six-man rotation has many benefits. Manager Clint Hurdle alluded to giving the starting staff the extra...

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As Pirates Address Playoff Roster, Justin Wilson Could be Second Lefty from ‘Pen

The Pirates organization have had the beginning conversations of the players they are considering on bringing up for September callups. Although this year, Pittsburgh has to also have conversations on a possible playoff roster as well. If the Pirates stay in contention — they are currently 6.0 games back in the National League Central Division and  have a 0.5 game lead for the second Wild Card spot — they will have to set...

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