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Open Thread 8/9: Marlins at Braves

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Scott Cunningham

Jacob Turner takes on Brandon Beachy in tonight's series opener. First pitch is set for 7:30 PM ET on Fox Sports South. 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. Dan Uggla, 2B
  7. B.J. Upton, CF
  8. Andrelton Simmons, SS
  9. Brandon Beachy, P
  1. Christian Yelich, LF
  2. Jake Marisnick, CF
  3. Giancarlo Stanton, RF
  4. Logan Morrison, 1B
  5. Ed Lucas, 3B
  6. Donovan Solano, 2B
  7. Adeiny Hechavarria, SS
  8. Jeff Mathis, C
  9. Jacob Turner, P
Turner's pitch usage:
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via BrooksBaseball.net

On the year, Turner has a 2.68 ERA, 3.22 FIP and 4.12 xFIP to go along with a 1.4 fWAR. He's benefited from a high strand rate (78% compared to his career average of 70%) and a suppressed HR/FB rate (3.8% compared to 9.4% for his career). Turner has a 46% ground ball rate as well as a 17.5% strikeout rate and an 8.6% walk rate.

He throws hard, with his fastballs averaging almost 93 miles per hour in terms of velocity this year. Turner's changeup has an average velocity of almost 86 miles per hour, while his slider dips down slightly with an average velocity of 84.67 miles per hour. Turner's curve is his slowest pitch at just over 78 miles per hour.

His slider has the highest whiff/swing rate among his offerings at over 42%, while his curveball is second at almost 33%. Turner's two-seam, curve and change all have ground ball/ball in play rates above 48%, with his two-seam the highest at almost 60%.