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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
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 the hands of lefties. He throws two different breaking balls, a slider around 82-84 MPH and a slower 77-78 MPH curve. Blanton’s final pitch is an 83-84 MPH circle change. The changeup is his best strikeout pitch, with a whiff rate around 42% in 2012. Blanton missed a lot of bats with his slider last year, but the pitch has been much more hittable in 2012. He has managed to generate plenty of ground balls with his secondary stuff so far this year, but he is allowing a lot of balls in the air overall. Blanton does not alter his pitch selection much at all based on the opposing batter’s handedness. He goes to his changeup more frequently against left-handers, but also mixes it in pretty regularly against righties.
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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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
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,...
Dad's move is straight out of Old School!
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...
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...
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 [...]