Walker’s Homer Breaks Stalemate, Pirates Beat Tigers 1-0

Before we get to the game’s pivotal moment, I should praise the work of Clint Hurdle to counteract my usual desire to bury him. Eyebrows were raised when Hurdle removed Jeanmar Gomez with 73 pitches. Gomez had retired the last eight Detroit Tigers hitters, and looked primed to keep working through the bottom of the order. But Hurdle knew Gomez’s season high is 79 pitches, and opted for Justin Wilson, whose only hiccups in...

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Tigers Not Interested in Joel Hanrahan

Danny Knobler has an update on the Detroit Tigers and starting pitcher Rick Porcello. He reports that the Angels are interested in Porcello, along with the Pirates, Rangers, and the Phillies before adding John Lannan. We’ve heard a lot about a possible Joel Hanrahan for Rick Porcello swap, but it doesn’t look like that would happen. Knobler reports the Tigers aren’t interested in Hanrahan, per his sources. Also,...

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Pirates Interested in Rick Porcello

The Detroit Tigers signed Anibal Sanchez today, which has led to a lot of speculation that Rick Porcello could become available in a trade. Jim Bowden reports that the Pirates are one of the teams interested in Porcello. http://twitter.com/JimBowdenESPNxm/status/279651457270177792 There’s been a lot of match making rumors involving the Pirates and the Tigers. A lot of that has to do with the Pirates looking for starters, the...

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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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The Risk of Taking a Pitcher in the First Round

Earlier this week, Kipper at The Pirates Tavern forum sent me a post he did looking back at recent draft history, focusing on players taken in the top five picks from 1999-2005.  What he found was that hitters have been the safer picks, and that the failure rate amongst pitchers in the top five picks has been very apparent.  I appreciate the work and the effort Kipper put in, and he reaches a conclusion that is similar to a theory...

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