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. For a general guide to pitch types for a right-handed pitcher, please check out this image created by Sons of Sam Horn. Graphs are courtesy of Brooks Baseball and The Hardball Times , unless otherwise specified.
|FA: Four-Seam Fastball||FT: Two-Seam Fastball||FC: Cutter|
|CU: Curveball||SL: Slider||CH: Changeup|
|FS: Splitter||SI: Sinker|
Sunday, 1:05 PM – Jeanmar Gomez
Gomez does not miss many bats, leaning heavily on his sinker to generate ground balls. The sinker sits around 89-91 MPH, occasionally touching 93. The pitch has mediocre bite to it, but it does lead to a ground ball more often than the league average sinker. His four-seam fastball also averages about 89-91 MPH. Neither pitch is very difficult to put in play, as each has a comfortably below average whiff rate in 2012. He also mixes in an upper 80’s cutter, which has been pretty effective for him this season. Gomez’ primary breaking ball is a mid 80’s slider, which he uses mostly against right-handed batters. Against lefties, he makes heavy use of his low 80’s changeup. Without any plus pitches, Gomez relies on a deep arsenal of mediocre offerings. He is a pretty generic back of the rotation starter.