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Game Thread 8/5: Braves At Mariners

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It's time for another installment of late night Braves baseball (or, if you happen to be a Braves fan on the West Coast, then I'm sure that watching these games at a reasonable time has been pretty cool, right?), and this time, Atlanta's in Seattle for a quick 2-game series with the Seattle Mariners.

Felix Hernandez will be starting for the Mariners tonight. Last week, the Braves got to face the big dog of the National League in the form of Clayton Kershaw and unsurprisingly got shut down. Now, they get to try their luck against the big dog of the American League. So things are looking up, right?

Meanwhile, the Braves will be giving the ball to Alex Wood. Wood pitched well enough for the Braves to be in a position to win it late in his last time out against the Dodgers, and that's basically what they'll be asking of him tonight; Keep the Mariners offense at bay and hope that the Braves can do something with Felix.

Lineup-wise, it looks like a normal lineup (except for the inclusion of the fancy-schmancy DH which means that the Braves get to use Evan Gattis as a DH!), except for the fact that B.J. Upton is absent from the top of the lineup. In fact, he's absent from the entire lineup. It might have something to do with the fact that B.J. is 3-31 lifetime against Felix Hernandez, and with the way he's been hitting lately, that would be a gruesome sight to see at the top of the order. So instead, Emilio Bonifacio will be hitting leadoff.

Here are the lineups:


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<h3>Today's Lineups</h3>

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<th align="left">ATLANTA BRAVES</th>

<th align="left">SEATTLE MARINERS</th>




<tr><td class="td-last td-name">Emilio Bonifacio - CF</td><td class="td-first td-name">Austin Jackson - CF</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Tommy La Stella - 2B</td><td class="td-first td-name">Dustin Ackley - LF</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Freddie Freeman - 1B</td><td class="td-first td-name">Robinson Cano - 2B</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Justin Upton - LF</td><td class="td-first td-name">Kendrys Morales - DH</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Jason Heyward - RF</td><td class="td-first td-name">Kyle Seager - 3B</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Evan Gattis - DH</td><td class="td-first td-name">Chris Denorfia - RF</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Chris Johnson - 3B</td><td class="td-first td-name">Logan Morrison - 1B</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Gerald Laird - C</td><td class="td-first td-name">Mike Zunino - C</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Andrelton Simmons - SS</td><td class="td-first td-name">Chris Taylor - SS</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name"></td><td class="td-first td-name"></td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Alex Wood - LHP</td><td class="td-first td-name">Felix Hernandez - RHP</td></tr></tbody>




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And here's more data on that pitching robot for the Mariners:


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 351 14.07% 93.71 -2.45 8.58 -2.20 6.21
Sinker 803 32.20% 93.06 -7.63 6.03 -2.29 6.18
Change 728 29.19% 90.11 -6.29 1.23 -2.23 6.15
Slider 248 9.94% 85.11 2.16 -2.66 -2.29 6.09
Curve 362 14.51% 81.18 7.13 -8.14 -2.24 6.12