Game Thread 7/2: Marlins at Braves

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After an excellent June, will B.J. continue his success into July?

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

The average MLB leadoff man - .267/.331/.394

The average NL leadoff man - .266/.332/.393

Andrelton Simmons - .240/.278/.331

Tom Koehler

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Scouting Report: Tom Koehler isn't a particularly good pitcher. He throws hard - averages 93-94 mph - but he adds little else to his arsenal despite all of the pitch types above. The righty will add a cutter and sinker occasionally, but for the most part it's fastball-curveball with a change-up added in against left-handers.

Analysis: Koehler doesn't do much statistically to make anyone but the other team happy. His 14% K rate and 9% BB rate are both below-average, but Koehler does do an excellent job of keeping the ball on the ground - 1.85 GB/FB. The groundballs aren't enough to save, however, and his 4.75 ERA is pretty legitimate.

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