Open Thread 4/8: Braves vs. Mets

Kevin C. Cox

It's the home opener for the Braves as they celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Hank Aaron's 715th home run.

The home portion of the Braves' schedule begins today, as the Braves (4-2) play host to the New York Mets (2-4) in the 2014 home opener. Aaron Harang (1-0, 0.00 ERA) will be getting his second start of the season after pulling a gem of a start out of his back pocket last week against the Brewers. The Mets will be rolling out Bartolo Colon (0-1, 4.50 ERA), who is hoping to help get the Mets back on the right track after they suffered a 2-1 defeat in Cincinnati on Sunday.

In addition to the normal pomp and circumstance that comes with a home opener, today is also the 40th Anniversary of Hank Aaron taking his crown as the Home Run King. The Braves will be wearing throwback uniforms from that period, which explains why there's a picture of Craig Kimbrel from 2011 up there. We've gotta get in the spirit of things, you know?

Here are the lineups:


  1. Jason Heyward - RF
  2. B.J. Upton - CF
  3. Freddie Freeman - 1B
  4. Chris Johnson - 3B
  5. Justin Upton - LF
  6. Dan Uggla - 2B
  7. Evan Gattis - C
  8. Andrelton Simmons - SS
  9. Aaron Harang - P

  1. Eric Young Jr. - LF
  2. Daniel Murphy - 2B
  3. David Wright - 3B
  4. Curtis Granderson - RF
  5. Lucas Duda - 1B
  6. Juan Lagares - CF
  7. Travis d'Arnaud - C
  8. Ruben Tejada - SS
  9. Bartolo Colon - P
Bartolo Colon Pitch Data Since 2013
Pitch Type Count Foul/Swing Whiff/Swing GB/BIP LD/BIP FB/BIP PU/BIP GB/FB HR/(FB+LD)
Fourseam 930 44.23 20.34 29.71 28.00 32.57 9.71 91.23 2.83
Sinker 1612 39.92 7.77 49.23 21.91 23.20 5.67 212.22 6.29
Change 149 40.23 26.44 36.67 26.67 23.33 13.33 157.14 13.33
Slider 270 28.57 27.73 43.40 32.08 18.87 5.66 230.00 0.00
Cutter 11 50.00 12.50 33.33 0.00 66.67 0.00 50.00 0.00

The game will start at 7:10 and will be televised on SportsSouth.
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