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Game Thread 8/30: Miami Marlins at Atlanta Braves

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Dilip Vishwanat

Jose Fernandez takes on Julio Teheran in a matchup of hard-throwing young right-handers tonight in Atlanta. First pitch is set for 7:30 PM ET on Fox Sports South. Here are the lineups:

Braves:

  1. Jordan Schafer, RF
  2. Elliot Johnson, LF
  3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
  4. Chris Johnson, 3B
  5. Brian McCann, C
  6. Dan Uggla, 2B
  7. B.J. Upton, CF
  8. Andrelton Simmons, SS
  9. Julio Teheran, P
  1. Christian Yelich, LF
  2. Donovan Solano, 2B
  3. Giancarlo Stanton, RF
  4. Justin Ruggiano, CF
  5. Logan Morrison, 1B
  6. Placido Polanco, 3B
  7. Adeiny Hechavarria, SS
  8. Jeff Mathis, C
  9. Jose Fernandez, P
Fernandez pitch usage:

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via BrooksBaseball.net

Not exactly breaking news here, but Fernandez is very good at throwing a baseball and getting people to not hit it. On the year, he has a 2.30 ERA, 2.65 FIP, and 3.04 xFIP along with a 3.8 fWAR. Fernandez sports a 27.2% strikeout rate to go with a 45% ground ball rate.

He throws hard, with a fastball that averages just under 96 miles per hour on the season. His curveball checks in at just over 82 miles per hour on average, while his changeup has an average velocity of over 87 miles per hour.

Both his change and curve have whiff/swing rates of around 33%. Both pitches also have extremely high ground ball/ball in play rates, with Fernandez's curve leading the way at 62%, and his curve a little lower at 53%.