Open Thread 6/3: Braves vs. Pirates

Kevin C. Cox
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Kris Medlen will take the hill one start after taking a line drive off his left leg; A.J. Burnett starts for the Pirates.

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

For the second straight month, Evan Gattis has won the NL Rookie of the Month. In May, Gattis hit .317 with six homers and 16 RBI in 22 games.

The Pirates made a couple of moves today, placing reliever Jeanmar Gomez on the 15-day DL and recalling pitchers Jared Hughes and Ryan Reid from the minors.

Burnett's league-leading 10.5 K/9 doesn't bode well for a very strikeout-prone Atlanta offense, and the Pirates are 30-0 when leading after eight innings. Their bullpen ERA (2.62) is the best in all of MLB. Burnett has lost six of his last seven decisions against Atlanta, last winning in 2008.

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