Game Thread 6/25: Braves at Royals

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Kris Medlen takes on Ervin Santana in the first game of this short two-game series in Kansas City. First pitch is set for 8:10 PM EDT. Lineups:

Braves:

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

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via BrooksBaseball

Santana enters tonight with an ERA of 2.64, 3.88 FIP, and a 3.45 xFIP on the year to go with a 46.7% groundball rate. His strikeout rate has crept up to 20% this year, up a few notches from his career average and his number last year. The major change has come in Santana's walk rate, which has plummeted from 8% last year to just 3.9% this season. One thing that could bode well for Atlanta is Santana's propensity to give up the long-ball this year. He's allowed 14 home runs in 99 innings pitched.


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