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 .
Wednesday, 7:05 PM – Fernando Abad
Abad has spent most of his career in the bullpen, making his first career start on August 25th in New York. His fastball sits around 88-92 MPH, maxing out at 94. He mostly throws a four-seamer, while mixing in a two-seamer with decent arm-side run. His primary breaking ball is a slurvy 78-81 MPH curveball, a pitch that is very hittable but generates a decent number of ground balls. He also mixes in a 73-79 MPH changeup. Abad does not have a very deep arsenal, which makes sense considering all the time he has spent pitching in relief. He misses a good number of bats with the fastball, but his secondary offerings are both very easy to put in play.