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Game Thread 5/23: Braves vs. Rockies

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Gavin Floyd tries again for his first win of the year against the Rockies. He's 0-1 in three starts against them for his career, last facing them in 2011. Lyles has one previous start against the Braves.

Today's Lineups

COLORADO ROCKIES ATLANTA BRAVES
Charlie Blackmon - CF Jason Heyward - RF
Michael Cuddyer - RF B.J. Upton - CF
Troy Tulowitzki - SS Freddie Freeman - 1B
Justin Morneau - 1B Justin Upton - LF
Nolan Arenado - 3B Chris Johnson - 3B
Corey Dickerson - LF Andrelton Simmons - SS
Jordan Pacheco - C Dan Uggla - 2B
DJ LeMahieu - 2B Gerald Laird - C
Jordan Lyles - RHP Gavin Floyd - RHP

We all know of Freddie Freeman's ownage of the Rockies, but Chris Johnson and Jason Heyward like Rockies pitching as well: Johnson's hitting .367 (29-79, 1 HR) against them, and Heyward owns a .333 average (28-84, 4 HR). Justin Upton has 19 HR in 87 games against Colorado.

Lyles is a ground ball pitcher and gets most of his whiffs on his slider.

Jordan Lyles 2014 pitch usage

Fourseam Sinker Slider Curve Change
LHH
All Counts 29% 41% 8% 15% 7%
First Pitch 35% 37% 7% 19% 1%
Batter Ahead 26% 63% 4% 4% 3%
Even 31% 31% 9% 21% 9%
Pitcher Ahead 32% 25% 11% 21% 11%
Two Strikes 28% 36% 8% 22% 6%
RHH
All Counts 35% 27% 24% 12% 2%
First Pitch 38% 29% 19% 13% 1%
Batter Ahead 45% 27% 24% 2% 2%
Even 32% 30% 20% 16% 2%
Pitcher Ahead 29% 21% 33% 15% 2%
Two Strikes 31% 23% 30% 15% 1%

via brooksbaseball.net