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Entries in Pittsburgh Pirates (35)

Thursday
Apr142011

InDepth Spotlight: Paul Maholm vs. Ryan Braun

2008-Present (Click to enlarge image)

Paul Maholm (0-1, 2.19 ERA) takes the mound for the Pittsburgh Pirates today at PNC Park.  Since 2008, the lefty has held opposing right-handed batters to .246 average on his curve, arguably the best pitch in his arsenal.  Ryan Braun has hit .229 against lefty curves since 2008, his lowest average among all pitches with a minimum of 50 pitches seen.  That pitch might be the key for Maholm as he tries to retire the powerful Braun in tonight's game.

Braun generates most of his power up in the zone, so Maholm would do well to avoid leaving his fastball up as well, especially considering righties have hit .316 with a .490 slugging percentage off it since 2008. 

Friday
Apr082011

HR Recap: Troy Tulowitzki vs. Paul Maholm (4/7/11)

Troy Tulowitzki hit a 4th inning home run of Paul Maholm yesterday in Pittsburgh.  It was actually a decent sequence of pitches from Maholm, but an even better job of hitting by Tulowitzki.

Troy Tulowitzki vs. LHP (2008 through April 6, 2011)
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Tulowitzki vs. Maholm (4th inning, 4/7/2011)
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Maholm started him out with two fastballs inside.  He then threw him a curve and a slider low, followed by fastball up.  On a full count, Troy took Maholm's 89 MPH inside fastball out of the park.  You can see that Maholm was trying to pitch to Tulowitzki's weak power zones.  But Troy was able to turn on it and deposit the pitch 390 feet away into the left field seats at PNC Park.

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