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Game Thread 6/24: Braves at Nationals

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Shelby Miller takes the mound for Atlanta looking to even the series against Washington.

Shelby likes to have fun
Shelby likes to have fun
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For the series preview, go here.

Shelby Miller will get the call tonight for the Braves as he looks to continue his sensational start to 2015. Miller hasn't been as dominant so far in June - and especially his last two starts - but he's got a great history against the Nationals from his time with the Cardinals.

The Braves will need his best stuff tonight as they face Jordan Zimmermann. As we saw last night, the Atlanta offense won't be nearly as capable without Freddie Freeman in the lineup. Runs will be tough to come by, and they'll face a tough challenge tonight against Zimmermann. Luckily for the Braves, he's been in terrible form his last three starts, and they'll be hoping to continue that trend.

For Zimmermann's pitch usage, you'll see there are pretty much three pitches he uses. He mainly only uses two pitches against right-handers and two pitches against left-handers. The constant is the four seam fastball. Against righties, he goes to his slider heavily for the secondary pitch with some rare curves. Against lefties, he goes to his curveball for the secondary pitch and throws in some occasional sliders.

Today's Lineups

ATLANTA BRAVES WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Jace Peterson - 2B Denard Span - CF
Cameron Maybin - CF Anthony Rendon - 2B
Nick Markakis - RF Yunel Escobar - 3B
A.J. Pierzynski - C Bryce Harper - RF
Joey Terdoslavich - 1B Wilson Ramos - C
Kelly Johnson - 3B Clint Robinson - 1B
Andrelton Simmons - SS Ian Desmond - SS
Eury Perez - LF Michael Taylor - LF
Shelby Miller - RHP Jordan Zimmermann - RHP

Jordan Zimmermann Pitch Table:

Pitch Usage - from 04/01/2015 to 06/24/2015

Fourseam Sinker Slider Curve Change
LHH
All Counts 71% 1% 9% 18% 1%
First Pitch 76% 1% 5% 19% 0%
Batter Ahead 73% 3% 11% 13% 1%
Even 74% 1% 7% 18% 0%
Pitcher Ahead 64% 2% 9% 23% 2%
Two Strikes 63% 0% 15% 22% 0%
RHH
All Counts 56% 1% 39% 4% 0%
First Pitch 59% 2% 38% 1% 0%
Batter Ahead 56% 2% 41% 1% 0%
Even 57% 2% 39% 2% 0%
Pitcher Ahead 54% 0% 37% 9% 0%
Two Strikes 50% 0% 40% 10% 0%

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