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)

 

Friday, 8:10 PM – Yovani Gallardo

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Gallardo’s low 90’s fastball is fairly straight, with occasional cutting action. The right-hander mixes in a slider and a hard curve, utilizing each pitch at similar frequencies. He also throws a changeup, which he uses very sparingly. Gallardo has struggled to miss bats with his fastball this year, generally relying on his curve and other secondary pitches to generate swings...

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