Game Thread 6/30: Braves Vs. Mets

Kevin C. Cox
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For the first time since late April, the Braves and the Mets are about to engage with each other in baseball battle. The Braves will be returning home to Turner Field following a wonderful trip to Pennsylvania after sweeping the Phillies over 4 games (even though Evan Gattis is currently dealing with rhomboid issues.), while the Mets had a woeful trip to Pennsylvania, losing 3 out of 4 to the Pirates.

For tonight's contest, the Mets will be sending Zack Wheeler to the mound for the first game of this three game series. The Braves have seen Wheeler twice so far this season, and they didn't exactly struggle against him on both occasions. Meanwhile, today's starter for the Braves will be Alex Wood, who is making his 2nd start since returning from Gwinnett in the wake of Gavin Floyd's awful elbow injury. Wood's start against the Astros went well (7 IP, 4 Ks, 3 Hs, 1 BB, 0 ER), so he'll be hoping to keep that run going.

Here's the lineups:

Today's Lineups

NEW YORK METS ATLANTA BRAVES
C. Granderson - RF B.J. Upton - CF
Ruben Tejada - SS A. Simmons - SS
Daniel Murphy - 2B Freddie Freeman - 1B
Eric Campbell - 3B Justin Upton - LF
Lucas Duda - 1B Jason Heyward - RF
Chris Young - LF Chris Johnson - 3B
Juan Lagares - CF Tommy La Stella - 2B
Travis d'Arnaud - C C. Bethancourt - C
Zack Wheeler - RHP Alex Wood - LHP

And here's some data on Zack Wheeler:

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Trajectory and Movement - from 01/01/2014 to 01/01/2015

Pitch Type Count Freq Velo (mph) pfx HMov (in.) pfx VMov (in.) H. Rel (ft.) V. Rel (ft.)
Fourseam 654 41.92% 95.84 -6.10 8.58 -1.52 5.71
Sinker 321 20.58% 95.17 -8.60 6.56 -1.60 5.64
Change 110 7.05% 88.93 -9.33 5.76 -1.64 5.62
Slider 237 15.19% 89.68 0.26 1.88 -1.65 5.55
Curve 236 15.13% 79.30 6.36 -7.87 -1.44 5.65
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