Exploring the Arsenal – Jordan Lyles

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 Shuffle the Rotation With the Addition of Rodriguez

Wandy Rodriguez joined the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday and was acquainted with his new team. A strange situation for the left-hander, who was acquired from the Houston Astros on Tuesday in exchange for three prospects, and was officially added to the Pirates roster. Rodriguez arrived to Minute Maid Park just like had for the past seven seasons, but this time he went to a different clubhouse – the visitor’s. Rodriguez is...

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Why Has Josh Bell’s Rehab Taken So Long?

One of the most anticipated debuts this year was the pro debut by Josh Bell, who signed for $5 M as a second round pick in the 2011 draft, and was slated to start off in West Virginia. That debut ended up being short-lived, as Bell went down in late-April with a knee injury. The outfielder ripped what would have been a double, but pulled up limping rounding first base, and was tagged out standing between first and second with an...

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Pirates Hoping Starling Marte Can Help Fill The Corner Outfield Void

The Pittsburgh Pirates have struggled with consistency coming from their corner outfield positions and the leadoff spot in the lineup so far in 2012. The production they’ve had in left has combined for just a .195/.242/.317 line. Their leadoff spot in has hit just .217 on the year. Both numbers are well belong league average and need to improve drastically for the Pirates to remain in the playoff race. “You like...

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Exploring the Arsenal – Dallas Keuchel

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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Starling Marte Has Been Ready And Waiting

The Starling Marte era is about to begin for the Pittsburgh Pirates, which means that many more of you will be getting to see what I have been lucky enough to be watching all season: an outstanding player who can be a star for many years. In the field, Marte can cover just about anything.  He began the season playing mostly center field, but with the arrival of Jose Tabata, Marte has played more left field, and even a few games in...

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