Game Thread 7/30: Rockies at Braves

Scott Cunningham
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  1. Jason Heyward - CF
  2. Justin Upton - RF
  3. Freddie Freeman - 1B
  4. Evan Gattis - LF
  5. Brian McCann - C
  6. Chris Johnson - 3B
  7. Dan Uggla - 2B
  8. Andrelton Simmons - SS
  9. Alex Wood - P

After a thrilling win last night, the Braves turn to Alex Wood to go fairly deep into the game. David Carpenter isn't likely to be available after last night's game, and with the promotion of Todd Cunningham instead of a reliever, the bullpen is at least one man short, depending on Jordan Walden's availability. Anthony Varvaro, however, didn't pitch last night, and he should be available for long man duty, if needed.

Juan Nicasio

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Scouting Report: Juan Nicasio has pretty good stuff. His fastball sits around 92-93, and it has some sink to it. He adds a slightly above-average slider and an inconsistent change-up. For the most part, the righty will attempt to pound the strike zone with fastballs and try to get batters to chase everything else. Nicasio isn't a particularly good pitcher, but he's not terrible, either. But the lack of a real third pitch means that the second and third times through the order are especially dangerous for him.

Analysis: Nicasio's overall performance makes him a league-average starter - or a #4 in terms of the rotation. Nicasio strikes out hitters about 18% of the time, which is a little below average, but he does walk batters at a slightly above-average clip of 7%. What Nicasio can also do is keep balls on the ground at a decent rate - 1.43 GB/FB - but it's not enough to make him an extreme groundball guy. All of this adds up to a 4.16 FIP. Again, it's not bad, but unless he improves the change-up, he'll remain just a solid guy to have around.

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