Exploring the Arsenal – Adam Wainwright

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. For a general guide to pitch types for a right-handed pitcher, please check out this image created by Sons of Sam Horn....

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How the Winter Meetings Affected the NL Central

With the Winter Meetings concluded, now is a good time to check in on what the rest of the NL Central has been doing in the offseason.

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Ian Snell Retires

B.J. Rains of Fox Sports Midwest reports that Ian Snell has retired, after being sent to minor league camp by the St. Louis Cardinals.  Snell was one of the pitchers competing for a spot as the fifth starter with the Cardinals. Snell joined St. Louis this off-season as a minor league free agent, after being released by the Seattle Mariners.  Snell originally had a $6.75 M club option heading in to the year, as part of an extension he...

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Know Your Enemy – St. Louis Cardinals

This is the fourth in a series of 5 articles that will try to get Pirate fans inside the organizations of the Pirates’ NL Central opponents. This article will look at the gold standard of the NL Central in recent years: the St. Louis Cardinals. While the Cubs may have the most supportive fans, perhaps no city in all of MLB has more knowledgeable fans than the Cardinals.

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Cardinals looking at Andy LaRoche

According to Rob Biertempfel, the St. Louis Cardinals are eyeing Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Andy LaRoche as a possible trade target.  David Freese, the normal starting third baseman in St. Louis, recently went down for the season with an ankle injury, leaving the Cardinals looking for a replacement.  The Cardinals currently trail the Cincinnati Reds by half a game in the NL Central race, and sit one and a half games back in the...

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