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Game Thread 5/24: Braves vs. Rockies

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Evan Gattis returns to the lineup and Mike Minor faces the Rockies at 4:10 p.m. ET. Juan Nicasio pitches for the Rockies, who have employed a righty-heavy lineup against Minor.

Today's Lineups

COLORADO ROCKIES ATLANTA BRAVES
Brandon Barnes - LF Jason Heyward - RF
Drew Stubbs - CF B.J. Upton - CF
Troy Tulowitzki - SS Freddie Freeman - 1B
Michael Cuddyer - RF Justin Upton - LF
Wilin Rosario - C Evan Gattis - C
Justin Morneau - 1B Chris Johnson - 3B
Charlie Culberson - 3B Andrelton Simmons - SS
DJ LeMahieu - 2B Ramiro Pena - 2B
Juan Nicasio - RHP Mike Minor - LHP

Yesterday's win was just Atlanta's seventh this year without hitting a home run. The Braves have hit Nicasio well in his four starts against them, hitting .366 with four home runs; Freddie Freeman has three of them. In fact, Freeman is 5-8 against Nicasio and all five hits are extra-base hits (1 double, 1 triple, 3 HR).

Nicasio's pitch usage - 2014

Fourseam Sinker Slider Change
LHH
All Counts 72% 6% 15% 7%
First Pitch 77% 8% 12% 3%
Batter Ahead 87% 5% 6% 3%
Even 69% 7% 18% 6%
Pitcher Ahead 62% 4% 20% 14%
Two Strikes 71% 0% 21% 8%
RHH
All Counts 63% 2% 32% 3%
First Pitch 70% 5% 22% 3%
Batter Ahead 68% 0% 32% 1%
Even 70% 3% 25% 3%
Pitcher Ahead 50% 1% 44% 5%
Two Strikes 56% 0% 41% 2%

via brooksbaseball.net