Exploring the Arsenal – Chad Billingsley

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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Exploring the Arsenal – Aaron Harang

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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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 to Sign Joe Beimel

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been looking for left handed relief, although the market is currently very thin, with very few options remaining.  One of those options is Joe Beimel, and according to John Perrotto, he could sign with the Pirates.  Perrotto tweets that he hears there is a very good chance that Beimel will sign with the Pirates. Beimel started his career in Pittsburgh, getting drafted in the 18th round of the 1998 draft by...

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Go west young Neal!

Neal Huntington had an interesting day today. He traded Octavio Dotel, DJ Carrasco, Javier Lopez, Bobby Crosby, and Ryan Church in various trades to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondacks, and San Francisco Giants.  I can say that I haven’t seen a series of trades to the same division in one day before. Of course the D-Backs are way out of the division title race, but Huntington still supplied players to two of the four...

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