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

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Historical Context For The Big Four

In the second half of the 2010 season, the Pirates offense was paced by Andrew McCutchen, Neil Walker, Jose Tabata and Pedro Alvarez. The success of these young players was encouraging for a franchise mired in a hopeless multi-decade stretch of losing baseball. Walker is the oldest of the quartet, and he did not turn 25 until September. All four finished the season with a Weighted On-Base Average (wOBA) above the league average mark....

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Pirates Have Some Interest in Armando Galarraga

Last week the Detroit Tigers designated right handed starter Armando Galarraga for assignment, only days after signing him to a one year, $2.3 M deal.  Detroit is currently engaging in trade talks for the right hander, and a deal is “likely”, according to Detroit GM Dave Dombrowski. Rob Biertempfel mentions that the Pirates have some interest in Galarraga, and speculates that they have money to spend to acquire Galarraga,...

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A new theory on the poor road performance

There have been a lot of theories thrown around as to why the Pittsburgh Pirates have been so horrible on the road this year, yet at the same time a success at home. People have said that the struggles are due to this being a young team that can’t handle the distractions of the road. I don’t really buy this theory. First of all, playing on the road is something that players do through college, the minors, and in the...

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Adam LaRoche Traded to Red Sox

UPDATE 1:41 PM: The 40-Man Roster/Payroll chart is updated with the move. Argenis Diaz replaces LaRoche on the 40-man roster. Assuming the Pirates didn’t send any money to the Red Sox (and there’s no word yet), the Pirates saved $3 M on this deal. The Payroll Commitments Chart, 25-Man Roster page, and Neal Huntington trade history has also been updated. I’m guessing Garrett Jones is going to take over at first base...

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