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Game Thread 9/21: Braves at Cubs

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Christian Petersen

With the magic number to clinch the N.L. East sitting at one, Atlanta will send Kris Medlen to the mound against Travis Wood. First pitch is set for 4:05 PM ET on Fox Sports South. Here are the lineups:

Braves:

  1. Andrelton Simmons, SS
  2. Justin Upton, RF
  3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
  4. Chris Johnson, 3B
  5. Evan Gattis, LF
  6. Gerald Laird, C
  7. Dan Uggla, 2B
  8. B.J. Upton, CF
  9. Kris Medlen, P
  1. Starlin Castro, SS
  2. Luis Valbuena, 3B
  3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  4. Dioner Navarro, C
  5. Nate Schierholtz, RF
  6. Ryan Sweeney, CF
  7. Brian Bogusevic, LF
  8. Darwin Barney, 2B
  9. Travis Wood, P
Travis Wood pitch usage:
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via BrooksBaseball.net

in 192 innings pitched this year, Wood has a 3.05 ERA, 3.91 FIP, and 4.48 xFIP, and has been worth 2.7 fWAR. Wood sports a 17.4% strikeout rate to go along with a 7.7% walk rate, and is a flyball pitcher with just a 33.6% ground ball rate on the year.

He doesn't throw hard, with his fastball averaging just under 90 miles per hour on the season. Wood's slider has the best whiff/swing among all his offerings at over 30%, with his changeup checking in at just over 20%.