Dillon Gee takes on Tim Hudson in the series opener.
***Update #2: They're apparently going to try and start this thing at 10:05 EDT.***
***Update: The game is in a rain delay, and the Braves have to yet to announce a new start time. Stay tuned***
First pitch between the Mets and Braves is set for 7:10 PM EDT on SportSouth. Lineups:
- Andrelton Simmons, SS
- Jason Heyward, RF
- Justin Upton, LF
- Freddie Freeman, 1B
- Evan Gattis, C
- B.J. Upton, CF
- Dan Uggla, 2B
- Chris Johnson, 3B
- Tim Hudson, P
Gee doesn't throw hard, with his fastball averaging just under 90 miles per hour this season. His changeup, slider, and curve all have whiff/swing rates of above 25%, with his slider leading the way at over 28%.
He has been better than his 4.84 ERA indicates, as evidenced by his 4.14 FIP and 3.85 xFIP. He's striking out almost 20% of batters faced while walking just over 6%. The main concern for Gee has to be a large drop in groundball rate from 50.3% last season to 43.6% this year. That decrease has coincided with a slight increase in line drive rate and a 5% rise in his fly ball rate against opposing hitters.