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 – Wade Miley
Miley has solid velocity for a lefty, with a four-seam fastball that sits 90-92 MPH and occasionally gets up around 94. His two-seamer comes in just a tick slower, generally sitting around 89-91 MPH. He likes to throw the four-seamer in on the hands of righties, while working on the outer half with the two-seamer. His four-seamer has been fairly hittable so far in his career, while the two-seamer generally misses a few more bats. He throws two breaking balls, a 79-82 MPH slider and a mid 70’s curve. He also has an 80-83 MPH changeup, which he mostly utilizes against lefties. Miley has good command of his pitches and generates a solid whiff rate with each of his secondary offerings. He does not have any standout offerings, but does not show any glaring weaknesses either.