Game Thread 6/19: Mets at Braves

Atlanta will try to bounce back tonight after a pair of frustrating losses on Tuesday. - USA TODAY Sports
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Shaun Marcum takes on Kris Medlen in the fourth game of this seemingly never-ending five game series. First pitch is set for 7:10 PM EDT on SportSouth. Lineups:

Braves:

  1. Jordan Schafer, RF
  2. Andrelton Simmons, SS
  3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
  4. Justin Upton, LF
  5. Brian McCann, C
  6. B.J. Upton, CF
  7. Dan Uggla, 2B
  8. Chris Johnson, 3B
  9. Kris Medlen, P

On the year, Marcum has a 5.43 ERA, 3.05 FIP, and 4.06 xFIP to go along with a 20.5% strikeout rate and a 4.8% walk rate, which is much better than his career average of 7.2%. He's experienced some bad luck on balls in play (.329 BABIP), and in terms of stranding runners as his LOB% of 57.2% shows. Marcum's career strand rate is 75.1%. He's always been an extreme fly-ball pitcher, but has taken it to a different level this season with a ground-ball rate of just 30.7%.

Of his six offerings, three of them have whiff/swing rates above 25% in his changeup, slider, and cutter. His change leads the way with a whiff/swing rate of almost 30%.

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