Exploring the Arsenal – Ben Sheets

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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Ben Sheets is classic Moneyball

For some reason, pretty much every Pittsburgh Pirates forum I’ve checked has had some kind of topic or discussion about Ben Sheets signing with the Oakland Athletics for $10 M.  As with any Billy Beane move, the “Moneyball” debate gets brought up.  The only problem with this is that, despite tons of publication, and the existence of the book for about six or seven years, nobody really understands what...

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Looking at the free agent market

The past two years the Pittsburgh Pirates have done very little to make any changes in the off-season through the free agent market. Last year we saw them unsuccessfully try to sign Daniel Cabrera, Rocco Baldelli, and Derrick Turnbow, although in hindsight, none of those deals looked to be any good (actually, they didn’t look astounding at the time either). Cabrera had a 6.00 ERA and a 1.98 WHIP on the season, thanks to a 7.4...

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A look at the free agent starting pitching market

According to Dejan Kovacevic at the PPG, the Pirates have made contact with free agent starting pitcher Braden Looper (blurb can be found at the bottom of the page). While this information doesn’t necessarily mean the Pirates will sign Looper, or even that they’re talking to Looper about a deal, it does bring up a question on the starting pitching market: where does the market currently stand? At the Winter Meetings we saw...

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