TribLIVE

| Sports


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

A preview of Friday's Pirates-Nationals game

Pirates/MLB Videos

Friday, May 23, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
 

X-factors

Pirates beat reporter Travis Sawchik'sinside look at Friday's game:

• In 56 career at-bats against Jordan Zimmermann, current Pirates hitters have five home runs, including two each by Ike Davis and Andrew McCutchen. As a whole, the Pirates have hit Zimmermann well, producing a .304 batting line and 1.000 OPS. The Pirates have hit well against fastballs in recent years, and Zimmermann throws his fastball, which averages 94 mph on two-thirds of his pitch offerings.

• The winless Charlie Morton has been plagued by the big inning this year, but perhaps he's being bothered by something more significant: a velocity drop. Morton's average fastball is down 1.4 mph from his 2013 average. Morton's two-seamer averaged 92.8 mph last season. It's averaging 91.4 mph this season. Morton also has not shown a velocity increase as the year has gone along.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Pirates

  1. Time on the bench gets Snider back into Pirates lineup
  2. Pirates’ Axford overcame long odds to reach majors
  3. Statistically speaking: Pirates, Brewers possess strengths up the middle
  4. Friday’s scouting report: Pirates at Brewers
  5. Pirates notebook: Morton hopes to return this season
  6. Pirates notebook: Hurdle weighs trio at 1st base
  7. Braves’ error, Sanchez’s sacrifice fly in 9th help Pirates snap long skid
  8. Pirates notebook: Axford set to provide more relief
  9. CF McCutchen returns to lineup, but Braves blast fast-fading Pirates
  10. Biertempfel: With McCutchen sidelined, Kershaw becomes NL MVP front-runner
  11. National complete 3-game sweep of Pirates, losing streak hits 5
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.