Game Thread 7/5: Braves at Phillies

Mike Zarrilli
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Paul Maholm will take on Cliff Lee in a battle of left-handers in the series opener tonight. Tim Hudson, who was originally scheduled to start tonight, will start tomorrow. First pitch is set for 7:05 PM EDT on Fox Sports South. Here are the lineups:

Braves:

  1. Andrelton Simmons, SS
  2. Jason Heyward, RF
  3. Justin Upton, LF
  4. Freddie Freeman, 1B
  5. Chris Johnson, 3B
  6. Dan Uggla, 2B
  7. B.J. Upton, CF
  8. Gerald Laird, C
  9. Paul Maholm
  1. Michael Young, 3B
  2. Chase Utley, 2B
  3. Jimmy Rollins, SS
  4. Ryan Howard, 1B
  5. Domonic Brown, LF
  6. Delmon Young, RF
  7. Ben Revere, CF
  8. Humberto Quintero, C
  9. Cliff Lee
Cliff Lee pitch usage
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via BrooksBaseball.net

Cliff Lee enters tonight's game having gotten off to a tremendous start in 2013. So far, he's sporting a 2.59 ERA, a matching 2.59 FIP, and a 3.10 xFIP, good for a fWAR of 3.5. Lee is striking out just under 24% of batters on the year while walking just over 4% batters faced. He's having good success keeping the ball in the park, having allowed just eight homers in 125.1 innings pitched this season. Lee also has a ground-ball rate of just under 44% and a 74% strand rate.

Left-handed hitters have faired much better against Lee than right-handed hitters have this season. LHH's are triple slashing .270/.320/.342 against him compared to .198/.220/.309 for RHH"s.

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