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Game Thread 5/20: Braves vs. Rays

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Williams Perez makes his first major-league start tonight for the Braves against Jake Odorizzi, who has the third-lowest run support in the AL (2.36 runs/9).

Today's Lineups

TAMPA BAY RAYS ATLANTA BRAVES
Kevin Kiermaier - CF Jace Peterson - 2B
Steven Souza - RF Alberto Callaspo - 3B
Evan Longoria - 3B Freddie Freeman - 1B
James Loney - 1B Nick Markakis - RF
Logan Forsythe - 2B Todd Cunningham - LF
David DeJesus - LF A.J. Pierzynski - C
Asdrubal Cabrera - SS Andrelton Simmons - SS
Rene Rivera - C Cameron Maybin - CF
Jake Odorizzi - RHP Williams Perez - RHP

Since this is the first time most of us have seen Odorizzi, here is his pitch summary from brooksbaseball.net.

In 2015, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (92mph) and Splitter (85mph), also mixing in a Cutter (87mph). He also rarely throws a Curve (71mph) and Sinker (91mph).

His fourseam fastball has good "rising" action, has essentially average velo and has slightly less natural movement than typical. His splitter has movement that suggests a lot of backspin. His cutter explodes on the hitter, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' cutters and has strong cutting action. His sinker is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' sinkers, has surprisingly little armside run and has virtually no sinking action reminiscent of a true sinker. His curve comes in below hitting speed, is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' curves, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' curves, has a sharp downward bite and has primarily 12-6 movement.