Game Thread 7/26: Cardinals at Braves

David Banks

The series kicks off with a fantastic matchup of two of the best pitchers in the National League.

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If you like good pitching, tonight's game is for you. Atlanta will trot out Mike Minor while the Cardinals will counter with star right-hander Adam Wainwright. First pitch is set for 7:30 PM ET on Fox Sports South and MLB Network.

Note: Justin Upton is not playing today, but it's just a scheduled off-day as he's not too far removed from a calf injury.

Braves lineup:

  1. Andrelton Simmons, SS
  2. Jason Heyward, RF
  3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
  4. Evan Gattis, LF
  5. Brian McCann, C
  6. Dan Uggla, 2B
  7. Chris Johnson, 3B
  8. Jose Constanza, CF
  9. Mike Minor, P
Cardinals:
  1. Matt Carpenter, 2B
  2. Shane Robinson, CF
  3. Carlos Beltran, RF
  4. Allen Craig, LF
  5. Yadier Molina, C
  6. David Freese, 3B
  7. Matt Adams, 1B
  8. Pete Kozma, SS
  9. Adam Wainwright, P
Wainwright pitch usage
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via BrooksBaseball.net

Wainwright enters with a 2.44 ERA, 2.21 FIP, and a 2.72 xFIP to go along with a 22.7% strikeout rate and a minuscule 2.8% walk rate on the season. He sports a 49.1% ground ball rate, and has allowed just six home runs in 154.2 innings pitched on the season.

In terms of stuff, Wainwright's fastball and sinker both average just over 91 miles per hour, while his cutter checks in at just over 88 miles per hour. His changeup is a tick slower at slightly above 84 miles per hour, while his curveball is by far his slowest offering at just under 76 miles per hour on average.

His curveball has the best whiff/swing rate of all his offerings at 33%, while his changeup boasts a whiff/swing rate of 30%. Wainwright's change, curve, and cutter all have ground ball/ball in play rates above 50%, while his sinker is almost there at 46.15% on the season.

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