Game Thread 7/28: Cardinals at Braves

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The Braves go for a series sweep on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball.

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It's a battle of right-handers on the mound tonight in the series finale as Kris Medlen faces off against Shelby Miller. First pitch is set for 8:05 PM ET on ESPN. Here are the lineups:

Braves:

  1. Jason Heyward, CF
  2. Justin Upton, RF
  3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
  4. Evan Gattis, LF
  5. Brian McCann, C
  6. Dan Uggla, 2B
  7. Chris Johnson, 3B
  8. Andrelton Simmons, SS
  9. Kris Medlen, P
  1. Matt Carpenter, 2B
  2. Carlos Beltran, RF
  3. Matt Holliday, LF
  4. Allen Craig, 1B
  5. Yadier Molina, C
  6. David Freese, 3B
  7. Jon Jay, CF
  8. Pete Kozma, SS
  9. Shelby Miller, P
Miller pitch usage
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via Brooksbaseball.net

In the midst of his first full Major League season, Miller enters tonight's game with a 2.77 ERA, 2.98 FIP and 3.36 xFIP to go with a 2.3 fWAR. Miller is predominately a fly-ball pitcher, as shown by his 36% ground ball rate on the season. He strikes out 26.5% of batters while walking 6.7% of batters faced.

Primarily a two-pitch pitcher, Miller works off a hard fastball that has an average velocity of almost 95 miles per hour on the season. His curveball checks in at just over 80 miles per hour on average. His four-seam has the highest whiff/swing rate of all his offerings at just under 25%, while his curve has the ground ball/ball in play rate at over 47%.

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