Open Thread 6/4: Braves vs. Pirates

Kevin C. Cox
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Mike Minor looks to continue his stellar work this year as he takes the hill against the Pirates and fellow lefty Jeff Locke.

  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. Mike Minor - P

Against Locke, lefty hitters are hitting .245 (12-49) while righty hitters are hitting just .213 (37-174). The Pirates are four games better than they were last year after 58 games; the Braves are three games better after 57 games. Pirates outfielder Starling Marte is hitting .390 (16-41) against lefty pitchers this year. This is just the second time in the previous 22 games that the Pirates have faced a lefty starter.

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