Game Thread 6/20: Mets at Braves

Happy Mike Minor day. - Scott Cunningham
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A pair of left-handers face off in the series finale as Jon Niese takes on Mike Minor. First pitch is set for 7:10 PM EDT on SportSouth. Here are the lineups:

Braves:

  1. Tyler Pastornicky, 2B
  2. Jason Heyward, RF
  3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
  4. Justin Upton, LF
  5. B.J. Upton, CF
  6. Chris Johnson, 3B
  7. Gerald Laird, C
  8. Andrelton Simmons, SS
  9. Mike Minor, P
  1. Eric Young, LF
  2. Daniel Murphy, 2B
  3. David Wright, 3B
  4. Marlon Byrd, RF
  5. Lucas Duda, 1B
  6. John Buck, C
  7. Juan Lagares, CF
  8. Omar Quintanilla, SS
  9. Jon Niese, P
Jon Niese

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via Brooks Baseball

On the year, Niese has a 4.15 ERA, 4.17 FIP, and a 4.50 xFIP. Both his strikeout rate and walk rate have gone the wrong direction this year, with his strikeout rate down to 13.3% and his walk rate all the way up to 10%. On the other hand, he's been able to increase his ground ball rate from a career mark of 49.6% to 55.1% this season.

Both his sinker and change have ground ball/ball in play rates of over 65% on the season. Niese's change-up is his only offering with a whiff/swing rate of above 20% at 23.64%.


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