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Game Thread 6/26: Braves at Royals

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Atlanta's going for the sweep tonight in the conclusion of this short two-game set.

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In the series finale, Mike Minor will take hill for the Braves while Kansas City will trot out Luis Mendoza. First pitch is set for 8:10 PM EDT on SportSouth. Here are the lineups:

Braves:

  1. Jordan Schafer, LF
  2. Jason Heyward, RF
  3. Justin Upton, DH
  4. Freddie Freeman, 1B
  5. Gerald Laird, C
  6. B.J. Upton, CF
  7. Dan Uggla, 2B
  8. Chris Johnson, 3B
  9. Andrelton Simmons, SS
  1. Alex Gordon, LF
  2. Alcides Escobar, SS
  3. Eric Hosmer, 1B
  4. Billy Butler, DH
  5. Salvador Perez, C
  6. Lorenzo Cain, CF
  7. Mike Moustakas, 3B
  8. Jeff Francoeur, RF
  9. Miguel Tejada, 2B
Luis Mendoza
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via BrooksBaseball

Mendoza enters with a 4.30 ERA, 4.62 FIP, and 4.53 xFIP to go along with a 14.6% strikeout rate and a 9.6% walk rate on the year. So, he walks a good many batters while not striking out many either. Mendonza does get ground balls at a high rate, sporting a 48.4% ground ball rate. He's allowed eight home runs in his 69 innings pitched.

Both of Mendoza's off-speed pitches have whiff/swing rates above 20%, although his changeup is just above that at 21%. His curveball is his major swing and miss pitch with a whiff/swing rate of 32.76%.