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 Times , unless otherwise specified. Statistics are courtesy of FanGraphs .
Monday, 7:05 PM – Aaron Harang
Harang has a relaxed delivery, with little wasted effort. He does not have much in the way of velocity, sitting 88-91 MPH and occasionally getting up around 92-93 MPH. His four-seamer does not have a ton of movement, but he mixes in a two-seamer with decent arm-side run. His primary secondary offering is an 80-82 MPH slider with good downward break. The slider is probably his best strikeout pitch, although it has a below average whiff rate for a breaking ball. Harang also mixes in a 71-75 MPH curve and an 81-84 MPH changeup. He leans heavily on the four-seamer and slider against righties, and mixes in the two-seamer, curve and change more often against lefties.