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Game Thread 5/2: Braves vs. Reds

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It's Stults Saturday! Well, maybe it's not as exciting as the first ever Folty Friday, but it's baseball, and baseball is fun, right?

After Folty Friday was a success (that's the last time I'm going to bring it up, I swear), it's time for another edition of "Today is a day that starts with the same letter as the Braves' starting pitcher's last name!" This time we've got Stults Saturday on hand, as Eric Stults is tonight's starter for the Braves as they attempt to get a winning streak going.

In all seriousness, this pitching matchup is the exact opposite of what we saw on Friday night. Instead of seeing two young hurlers duking it out, we've got two seasoned veterans taking the hill for the Braves and Reds tonight. Jason Marquis may have some gaudy stats when it comes to his ERA, FIP, and HR/FB% so far, but he's also coming off of a solid eight inning start against the Brewers. Granted, Milwaukee is a dumpster fire right now, but that's still proof that Marquis can get it dones mon the mound against Major League pitching, so the Braves will still have to work for what they get tonight.

Here are the lineups:

Today's Lineups

Billy Hamilton - CF Nick Markakis - RF
Zack Cozart - SS Alberto Callaspo - 3B
Joey Votto - 1B Freddie Freeman - 1B
Todd Frazier - 3B A.J. Pierzynski - C
Jay Bruce - RF Kelly Johnson - LF
Brandon Phillips - 2B Andrelton Simmons - SS
Marlon Byrd - LF Jace Peterson - 2B
Brayan Pena - C Cameron Maybin - CF
Jason Marquis - RHP Eric Stults - LHP

And here's more information on Marquis:

Trajectory and Movement - from 01/01/2015 to 01/01/2016

Pitch Type Count Freq Velo (mph) pfx HMov (in.) pfx VMov (in.) H. Rel (ft.) V. Rel (ft.)
Fourseam 5 1.08% 90.40 -8.57 7.91 -2.23 6.04
Sinker 272 58.87% 88.91 -10.50 3.83 -2.42 5.91
Change 4 0.87% 82.91 -10.25 4.75 -2.46 5.95
Slider 95 20.56% 82.76 0.06 3.28 -2.62 5.78
Split 86 18.61% 79.34 -6.61 1.97 -2.40 5.86