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Game Thread 9/28: Braves At Phillies

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Rich Schultz

It's here: Game 162, the final day of the season. There are still 3 races left that have come down to the final day of the season (and may need a 163rd game to decide it. Seriously, it's possible that there could be 3 Game 163s this season. Incredible.), but none of them involve our Atlanta Braves, who had their fates sealed not too long ago. There is a bit of minuscule drama left as far as the team is concerned: A win today will guarantee that the Braves will finish 2nd. Again, it's small but it's something.

They'll have some stiff competition in the form of Phillies starter Cole Hamels, and the less we talk about the Braves most recent encounter with Hamels, the better. Just know that revenge is on the cards today, even if most of the Braves lineup today is decidedly of the B-Team variety.

Here's the lineups. The entire starting outfield for the Braves has been replaced, and Tommy La Stella is back in the lineup at 2nd base. This is going to be a weird one. A weird one, but the last one of 2014 (for the Braves, at least) so make sure you try to enjoy it.

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

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<tr><td class="td-last td-name">Emilio Bonifacio - CF</td><td class="td-first td-name">Ben Revere - CF</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Phil Gosselin - SS</td><td class="td-first td-name">Carlos Ruiz - C</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Freddie Freeman - 1B</td><td class="td-first td-name">Chase Utley - 2B</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Chris Johnson - 3B</td><td class="td-first td-name">Ryan Howard - 1B</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Evan Gattis - C</td><td class="td-first td-name">Marlon Byrd - RF</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Ryan Doumit - LF</td><td class="td-first td-name">Domonic Brown - LF</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Joe Terdoslavich - RF</td><td class="td-first td-name">Maikel Franco - 3B</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Tommy La Stella - 2B</td><td class="td-first td-name">Freddy Galvis - SS</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">James Russell - LHP</td><td class="td-first td-name">Cole Hamels - LHP</td></tr></tbody>

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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 1000 32.98% 93.00 5.98 10.80 2.45 6.54
Sinker 578 19.06% 93.01 9.86 8.21 2.49 6.42
Change 680 22.43% 84.87 9.22 6.18 2.60 6.39
Curve 277 9.14% 78.84 -3.14 -6.10 2.72 6.24
Cutter 490 16.16% 89.48 1.58 6.33 2.60 6.41