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Game Thread 7/29: Braves at Dodgers

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Stephen Dunn

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.

Today's Lineups

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?

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.)
Fourseam 427 25.06% 92.74 -5.42 8.44 -2.41 5.44
Sinker 175 10.27% 92.59 -8.51 5.60 -2.45 5.39
Change 269 15.79% 86.32 -7.19 4.11 -2.44 5.35
Curve 535 31.40% 73.85 7.76 -7.78 -2.17 5.41
Cutter 283 16.61% 90.67 -0.63 6.97 -2.39 5.50
Split 11 0.65% 85.49 -1.92 7.62 -2.40 5.40

via brooksbaseball.net