Pirates Scout Johan Santana
Feb26

Pirates Scout Johan Santana

According to Jon Heyman, the Pittsburgh Pirates were one of at least seven teams that scouted Johan Santana as he threw a bullpen session today. The reports from the session say that Santana was in excellent shape and his change-up looked good, but his velocity was topping out at 81 MPH. Santana is currently building up strength after his second shoulder surgery and this was just the third time he threw in the bullpen. Johan Santana...

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Pirates Requested Medicals on Johan Santana
Dec11

Pirates Requested Medicals on Johan Santana

As I mentioned yesterday, we’re probably going to hear a lot of rumors saying “the Pittsburgh Pirates have expressed interest in (insert bounce back pitcher here)”. That’s mostly due to the indecision from A.J. Burnett, and the fact that the Pirates would need to look at other options to be prepared if Burnett retires. Today’s bounce back pitcher of note is Johan Santana. Andrew Marchland of ESPN New York...

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Exploring the Arsenal: Previewing the Mets’ 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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The Prestige of Small Payroll Baseball – Minnesota Twins 2008-09

Every year some team does it. There’s always at least one team that contends for a division title, or makes the playoffs, or even advances to the World Series on a payroll that dwells in the umbra of the Yankees’ world. And then every fan and talking head wonders why their favorite team can’t do the same thing. But if it were that easy, there wouldn’t be a need for the gargantuan payrolls that exist in the game.

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