This is the first of three games in LA; Aaron Harang starts for the Braves against Josh Beckett.
Harang vs. Dodgers: 11 starts, 4-6, 4.26 ERA
Beckett vs. Braves: 17 starts, 8-7, 2.07 ERA
Beckett last faced the Braves in 2009 while with Boston, and has a string of 23 consecutive scoreless innings against them since 2006. He's also unbeaten against them in his last seven starts (Ain't that wonderful?). This is Harang's first start against the Dodgers since 2011 with San Diego, and pitched for LA in 2012.
|ATLANTA BRAVES||LOS ANGELES DODGERS|
|B.J. Upton - CF||Dee Gordon - 2B|
|Tommy La Stella - 2B||Yasiel Puig - CF|
|Freddie Freeman - 1B||Adrian Gonzalez - 1B|
|Justin Upton - LF||Hanley Ramirez - SS|
|Evan Gattis - C||Carl Crawford - LF|
|Chris Johnson - 3B||Matt Kemp - RF|
|Ryan Doumit - RF||Juan Uribe - 3B|
|Andrelton Simmons - SS||Drew Butera - C|
|Aaron Harang - RHP||Josh Beckett - RHP|
I vote for Freddie Freeman getting back to his old self, wouldn't you?
Freddie Freeman has hit .171 (7-for-41) w/ a .569 OPS and an incredibly unlucky .194 BAbip since the AS break #Braves— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) July 29, 2014
I know a lot of us rag on Ryan Doumit, but take a look at this:
Doumit vs. Dodgers: 37 games, .356/.417/.517, 3 HR, 23 RBI
Doumit at Dodger Stadium: 16 games, .340/.407/.453, 4 doubles, 9 RBI
Chris Johnson (.375) and Freddie Freeman (.349) have also hit well in LA. Perhaps this will get Freddie's bat going again.
Beckett's 2014 pitch trajectory
|Pitch Type||Count||Freq||Velo (mph)||pfx HMov (in.)||pfx VMov (in.)||H. Rel (ft.)||V. Rel (ft.)|