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Game Thread 8/10: Marlins at Braves

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Drew Hallowell

Nathan Eovaldi takes on Alex Wood in Game Two of this three-game series in Atlanta. First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m. ET on FOX Sports South. Here are the lineups:

Braves:

  1. Jason Heyward, RF
  2. Justin Upton, LF
  3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
  4. Evan Gattis, C
  5. Chris Johnson, 3B
  6. Dan Uggla, 2B
  7. B.J. Upton, CF
  8. Andrelton Simmons, SS
  9. Alex Wood, P
  1. Christian Yelich, LF
  2. Adeiny Hechavarria, SS
  3. Ed Lucas, 2B
  4. Logan Morrison, 1B
  5. Placido Polanco, 3B
  6. Justin Ruggiano, RF
  7. Jake Marisnick, CF
  8. Jeff Mathis, C
  9. Nathan Eovaldi, P
Eovaldi pitch usage
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via Brooksbaseball.net

In nine starts this season, Eovaldi sports an ERA of 3.19, a 4.07 FIP and 4.55 xFIP. He has a ground ball rate of over 47% to go along with a strikeout rate of just 15%, and a walk rate of 10.5%. Atlanta should be extra patient tonight at the plate.

Eovaldi throws very hard, as his fastball has an average velocity of over 96 miles per hour on the season. His changeup and slider both average over 87 miles per hour, while his curveball checks in at 78 miles per hour on average. Both of Eovaldi's breaking balls have whiff/swing rates of over 25%, with his slider leading the way at 29%. His curve (62%), fastball (50%) and slider (40%) all have very good ground ball/ball in play rates.