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 – Paul Maholm
Maholm’s bread and butter pitch is his 86-88 MPH sinker, which he goes to on nearly a third of his offerings. The pitch has plenty of horizontal tail to go along with the sinking movement. His four-seam fastball comes in a tick harder at 87-89 MPH, but the heater has not cracked 90 MPH since early in the season. Maholm has a deep repertoire, and he mixes his pitches well. He throws a 69-75 MPH curveball, a 78-81 MPH slider, a 79-83 MPH changeup and appears to have added an 82-86 MPH cutter over the past couple seasons. His slider has generally been a solid swing-and-miss pitch, while none of his other offerings miss many bats. However, the majority of his pitches generate well above average ground ball rates, allowing him to effectively limit damage on batted balls.