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Game Thread 5/29: Braves at Red Sox

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Jared Wickerham

Remember the happy times back on Monday? Remember when the Braves were cruising merrily along on their way to an easy victory over a Red Sox team that had lost 10 straight and was looking down the barrel of a gun loaded with loss #11 in a row?

Well, times have changed. The Braves aren't looking down the barrel of a gun, but they do have the looming specter of a broom looming over their heads in Fenway Park tonight, as the Braves will try to avoid a sweep at the hands of a suddenly revitalized Boston Red Sox squad.

Despite a decent night at a the plate from a debuting Tommy La Stella, the Braves offense just couldn't quite get any traction last night, ad it's been like that for the past two games. They'll have a shot to bounce back tonight, though, as Jake Peavy has been extremely shaky in his past four starts. Plus, Andrelton Simmons will be returning to the lineup, so there's another positive. Meanwhile, it'll be up to Mike Minor to try to keep the Red Sox bats from getting any hotter than they already are.

Minor won't have to deal with David Ortiz, who has been scratched from Boston's lineup with calf tightness. He will still have to deal with A.J. Pierzynski and Jackie Bradley Jr., who with 6 RBI between them in this series have both assumed the role of "Unlikely Guy Who Kills The Braves" in this particular series.

Here are the lineups:

Today's Lineups

Jason Heyward - RF Brock Holt - 3B
B.J. Upton - CF Xander Bogaerts - SS
Freddie Freeman - 1B Dustin Pedroia - 2B
Justin Upton - LF A.J. Pierzynski - DH
Evan Gattis - C Jonny Gomes - LF
Chris Johnson - 3B Grady Sizemore - RF
Ryan Doumit - DH Ryan Lavarnway - 1B
Tommy La Stella - 2B David Ross - C
A. Simmons - SS Jackie Bradley - CF
Mike Minor - LHP Jake Peavy - RHP


Trajectory and Movement - from 01/01/2014 to 01/01/2015

Pitch Type Count Freq Velo (mph) pfx HMov (in.) pfx VMov (in.) H. Rel (ft.) V. Rel (ft.)
Fourseam 287 28.28% 91.29 -8.04 9.14 -1.97 5.89
Sinker 307 30.25% 91.34 -10.58 5.90 -1.92 5.82
Change 117 11.53% 84.79 -8.58 1.62 -1.98 5.42
Slider 89 8.77% 83.08 -0.22 1.43 -2.26 5.64
Curve 101 9.95% 80.66 2.76 -2.21 -1.88 5.75
Cutter 113 11.13% 87.51 -1.93 5.53 -2.05 5.73