Game Thread 7/21: Braves at White Sox

Kevin C. Cox
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First pitch in the rubber match of this three-game series is set for 2:10 PM ET in Chicago. Mike Minor will get the ball for Atlanta while the White Sox are countering with left-hander Jose Quintana. The game will be televised on Fox Sports South.

Couple of quick notes:

Atlanta called up veteran right-handed pitcher Kameron Loe this morning from Triple-A Gwinnett. Infielder Tyler Pastornicky was sent down. Injured reliever Eric O'Flaherty was transferred to the 60-day disabled list to make room for Loe on the 40-man roster.

Also, Jason Heyward is expected to return to the lineup tomorrow and will play centerfield until B.J. Upton returns, according to Kevin McAlpin.

Now, here are the lineups:

Braves:

  1. Andrelton Simmons, SS
  2. Chris Johnson, 3B
  3. Justin Upton, RF
  4. Freddie Freeman, 1B
  5. Brian McCann, DH
  6. Evan Gattis, LF
  7. Dan Uggla, 2B
  8. Reed Johnson, CF
  9. Gerald Laird, C
White Sox:
  1. Alejandro De Aza, CF
  2. Alexei Ramirez, SS
  3. Alex Rios, RF
  4. Adam Dunn, 1B
  5. Jeff Keppinger, 2B
  6. Dayan Viciedo, DH
  7. Casper Wells, LF
  8. Brent Morel, 3B
  9. Tyler Flowers, C
Jose Quintana
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via BrooksBaseball.net

Quintana enters with a 3.71 ERA, 3.88 FIP and 4.01 xFIP in 114 innings pitched this season. He sports a fWAR of 2.1, which is second best on the team behind Chris Sale. Quintana has a 19% strikeout rate to go along with a 7% walk rate and a 45% ground ball rate on the year.

He works off of his fastball that travels at an average velocity of just over 92 miles per hour, and supplements it with a curveball, changeup, two-seam and cutter. His changeup is his best swing and miss offering, with a whiff/swing rate of 25%. Quintana's two-seam, cutter and change all have ground ball/ball in play rates of over 50%.

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