Found August 16, 2012 on Pirates Prospects:
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 . Thursday, 4:05 PM – Joe Blanton 2012 IP 144.1 K/PA 20.3% BB/PA 3.5% HR/9 1.43 GB% 43.8% Whiff% 22.6% ERA 4.61 FIP 3.95 Blanton has a diverse repertoire, with six different offerings that he goes to at least 10% of the time. His main pitch is an 88-91 MPH two-seam fastball, which he uses frequently on the arm-side of the zone. He throws his four-seam fastball around 89-91 MPH and maxes out at 93-94. Blanton also throws an 86-89 MPH cutter, often in on...

Puig a step closer to bigs in Quakes' debut

21-year old Yasiel Puig strode into the batting cage under triple-digit temperatures at Rancho Cucamonga's Epicenter Tuesday afternoon, turning the heads of all passersby in the California League hitter's haven. On the fourth pitch he saw, he drilled a towering drive over the leftfield wall. Two pitchers later, he sent another ball over the fence with a sharper trajectory...

Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw Relics on The Same Card? Cardgasm, Initiated.

That's right. A cardgasm. See for yourselves what precipitated this excited reaction of mine towards a piece of cardboard.OH. SNAP. Numbered 23/99 - and had it been 22 or 27, I may have broken the internet - this bad boy ran me just $10.08 delivered. It's headed straight for my Bison PC, and is a most welcome addition, as you might imagine. This card raises an interesting...

Matt Kemp Ejection Leads To Earmuffs

Shhshh Matt Kemp, all you gotta do is say earmuffs. For any of you Old School fans out there. Earlier today in a game between the Pirates and Dodgers, Matt Kemp was ejected for whatever he said in the dugout. If you check the video out at Deadspin you’ll see the kid’s father putting his hands around his kid’s ears. Kemp was a tad vulgar today with his wording, and he even...

Dodgers' Cruz just keeps cruising in clutch

When the Los Angeles Dodgers promoted Luis Cruz on July 2, not much was expected. After all, the 28-year-old journeyman with 4,891 minor league plate appearances hadn't played in the majors since 2010. Cruz was expected to provide the club a reserve infielder who could play multiple positions and a true backup shortstop to Dee Gordon. But when Gordon dislocated his thumb two...

Matt Kemp shouts “Let’s go Dre!” from the dugout, gets ejected

Thin-skinned umpires are everywhere these days. In the minors, they’re ejecting DJ’s and PA announcers for playing “Three Blind Mice” in response to a questionable call. And in the majors, they’re ejecting players for cheering for their teammates as Matt Kemp found out last night. To be fair, umpire Angel Campos had to listen to Kemp jaw from the dugout about his calls...

GIFcap: Rabbit Eared Umpire Ejects Kemp, Blanton, Mattingly + Hanley Pimps, Burnett Yells

Umpire Angel Campos caught a case of the rabbit ears today and put on an ump show for the ages, ejecting Matt Kemp for cheering Andre Ethier, which led to Don Mattingly’s ejection. After the game, Kemp said he was told by Campos that he’d heard enough on the balls and strikes, so Kemp simply

Dodgers back in 1st with 11-0 win

Chad Billingsley pitched eight dominant innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers matched their highest-scoring game of the season, routing the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-0 Tuesday night. The Dodgers have won five of six, pushing them to the top of the NL West. Pittsburgh has lost five of six. Luis Cruz tied career highs for hits and RBIs with three each. Hanley Ramirez added three hits,...

Earmuffs!!! Matt Kemp is cursin' like a sailor!

Dad's move is straight out of Old School!

And now Clayton Kershaw

The Pirates head into tonight's game protecting a 1/2 game lead in the wild card race. That doesn't quite mean that a loss drops the Pirates out of the playoffs; the Dodgers are tied with the Giants and so a Dodger win coupled with a Giant loss (they're tied 2-2 with the Nats in an afternoon game as of this writing) and a Cardinal loss would still put the Pirates a 1...

Despite Melky Cabrera suspension, the Dodgers still have plenty of work to do

I know the team won't get ahead of itself, but fans certainly will. Just because Melky Cabrera tested positive for a banned substance and was suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball doesn't automatically mean the Dodgers will win the National League West. Now, it definitely doesn't hurt their chances, but to say the division is locked up is a bit presumptuous...

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Los Angeles Dodgers – Game 117

Positive Recap From Mellie. You will get not get a positive outlook from me. I know most people disagree with my assessment, even on this blog, but this probably started at the All Star Break, and the Pirates have failed to clear hurdles, and in some cases Hurdle’s. ASB was one.  They couldn’t carry the [...]
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