First Pitch: Evaluating the Non-Tendered Starting Pitchers

The Pittsburgh Pirates are looking for pitching this off-season, and several pitchers just hit the open market as non-tenders. Rob Biertempfel and Tom Singer both reported today that the Pirates have shown interest in several of the non-tendered pitchers, specifically looking at left-handers John Lannan, Tom Gorzelanny, Manny Parra, and right-handers Jair Jurrjens and Mike Pelfrey. None of these guys are going to be big signings....

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Exploring the Arsenal: Previewing the Braves’ Probable Starting Pitchers (Part 2)

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. For a general guide to pitch types for a right-handed pitcher, please check out this image created by Sons of Sam...

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Exploring the Arsenal: A Preview of the Atlanta Braves’ 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. For a general guide to pitch types for a right-handed pitcher, please check out this image created by Sons of Sam...

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Nate McLouth Speaks the Truth

I wasn’t really planning a post on the Nate McLouth comments.  I didn’t really think much needed to be said that wasn’t said already.  His comments about the eye exams were somewhat disturbing, and his comments about being glad he was the first one traded are understandable.  Then I saw this quote from McLouth, via Chuck Finder at the PBC Blog: “It’s a good mix [in the Braves clubhouse,...

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Looking back at the Jack Wilson Trade

The past several trade deadlines have played out like the movie “Groundhog Day”. It seems every morning we woke up to the same song, but instead of “I Got You Babe” it was “New Jack Wilson Rumor”. After waking up to that same song over and over we all started to realize how things were going to play out. The interested team liked Wilson, but not enough to meet the Pirates’ price. When the...

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