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Game Thread 8/20: Braves at Pirates

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Who brought their brooms?

Justin K. Aller

SWEEEEEEEEP!!!!!!

And can Arizona please NOT suck today (and tomorrow)?

Today's Lineups

ATLANTA BRAVES PITTSBURGH PIRATES
Jason Heyward - RF Josh Harrison - 3B
Andrelton Simmons - SS Jordy Mercer - SS
Freddie Freeman - 1B Andrew McCutchen - CF
Justin Upton - LF Starling Marte - LF
Chris Johnson - 3B Gaby Sanchez - 1B
Evan Gattis - C Travis Snider - RF
Tommy La Stella - 2B Chris Stewart - C
B.J. Upton - CF Jayson Nix - 2B
Alex Wood - LHP Gerrit Cole - RHP

Cole's 2014 pitch usage

Fourseam Sinker Slider Curve Change
LHH
All Counts 63% 2% 9% 17% 8%
First Pitch 73% 3% 3% 16% 6%
Batter Ahead 74% 3% 6% 8% 10%
Even 68% 3% 8% 16% 6%
Pitcher Ahead 46% 1% 15% 27% 10%
Two Strikes 53% 2% 14% 25% 5%
RHH
All Counts 67% 2% 14% 14% 2%
First Pitch 71% 3% 11% 14% 1%
Batter Ahead 75% 4% 12% 7% 1%
Even 66% 2% 14% 16% 1%
Pitcher Ahead 61% 2% 18% 17% 3%
Two Strikes 60% 1% 15% 22% 2%

brooksbaseball.net

Cole's pitch velocity ranges from about 97 with the fastball to 85 with the slider. This the first time any of the Braves have seen Cole.