Pirates Lose Another Extra-Inning Game in Atlanta

In the 6th inning on Tuesday night, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle had a decision to make. Starting pitcher Jeff Locke had just made his 103rd pitch, and it was lined by Atlanta Braves’ second baseman Dan Uggla into left for a two-out single. With right-handed-hitting B.J. Upton up to bat and Locke about to tie his career high for most pitches in one game, Hurdle dipped into the bullpen for righty Ryan Reid to maintain the...

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Exploring the Arsenal: Previewing the 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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Indians Find Themselves On The Chopping Block Again

Gwinnett Braves  12,  Indianapolis Indians  3 [ box ] For the second night in a row at Coolray Field in suburban Atlanta, the Indianapolis Indians saw their early lead turn into a blow-out by the Gwinnett Braves.  Tonight the Braves scored 12 runs on 16 hits (it was 20 hits last night), putting runs onto the scoreboard in all but two plate appearances.  Justin Wilson again came up short in his bid for his 10th win of his season...

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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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Pirates Notebook: Another reason why I hate Bud Selig

The Atlanta Braves and seventh overall pick Mike Minor have agreed to terms on a $2.42 M contract, with Minor expected to sign today. The deal signed by Minor was $242 K over the MLB recommended slot price. Baseball America’s Jim Callis says that two sources claim that the Braves and Minor agreed in principle to the $2.42 M deal before the draft, but the MLB commissioner’s office put pressure on Atlanta not to announce the...

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