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Game Thread 8/20: Braves at Mets

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Brandon Beachy and Zack Wheeler face off in game one of this short two-game series. First pitch is set for 7:10 PM ET at Citi Field on FOX SportSouth. Here are the lineups:

Braves:

  1. Jason Heyward, RF
  2. Justin Upton, LF
  3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
  4. Brian McCann, C
  5. Chris Johnson, 3B
  6. Jordan Schafer, CF
  7. Andrelton Simmons, SS
  8. Paul Janish, 2B
  9. Brandon Beachy, P
  1. Eric Young, LF
  2. Daniel Murphy, 2B
  3. Marlon Byrd, RF
  4. Ike Davis, 1B
  5. Wilmer Flores, 3B
  6. Juan Lagares, CF
  7. Travis d'Arnaud, C
  8. Omar Quintanilla, SS
  9. Zack Wheeler, P
Wheeler pitch usage:
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via BrooksBaseball.net

Wheeler enters with a 3.43 ERA, 4.61 FIP, and 4.31 xFIP in 63 innings and 11 starts this season. He's had success striking hitters out (21% strikeout rate), but has also been prone to surrendering walks (10.6% walk rate). Wheeler is a fly-ball pitcher, as he sports just a 39.3% ground ball rate.

He throws hard, with his fastball averaging over 95 miles per hour so far this year. His slider checks in at over 88 miles per hour of average velocity, while his changeup averages at tick slower at just over 87 miles per hour. Wheeler's curve is his slowest offering, coming in at an average of 78 miles per hour.

The curve has the best whiff/swing rate among his offerings at almost 38%. His slider is next up at over 28%.