First Pitch: A.J. Burnett and the Rising Cost of Pitchers
Nov08

First Pitch: A.J. Burnett and the Rising Cost of Pitchers

Earlier this week the Pittsburgh Pirates declined to give A.J. Burnett a qualifying offer of $14.1 M. The offer would have brought Burnett back if he would have accepted it, and would have brought the Pirates a draft pick if he would have signed elsewhere. There have been some predictions saying that Burnett would only cost $12-13 M. Burnett has said he will either retire to play for the Pirates. So even without the qualifying offer,...

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Exploring the Arsenal – Ricky Nolasco

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: Previewing the Marlins’ 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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Nolasco Stops Bucs Cold

Ricky Nolasco won his fourth straight appearance by tossing eight innings of shutout baseball. He whiffed 12. He gave up three singles and two walks. Ross Ohlendorf gave up 9 hits and five runs in five innings. He gave up two runs in the third and fifth inning to put the Bucs into a whole from which they would not emerge. Steven Jackson and Jeff Karstens mopped up. Leo Nunez tossed the 9th for Florida. The Good Two of the singles came...

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