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Braves at Pirates Game Thread: May 19th

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An emergency scratch for the Braves has caused them to make a late change to their lineup. Will it help or hinder the Braves as they look to get a series split versus the Pirates?

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The Braves and Pirates will be getting things underway in just over an hour from now. The big story going into this game was going to be about how Mike Foltynewicz was trying to get another great start under his belt after pitching two gems against the Diamondbacks and Royals.

However, the main story now is the fact that Erick Aybar has been scratched from the lineup after a chicken bone got stuck in his throat. Seriously. It's been that type of season for Erick Aybar, and we're only in May. He'll be okay, but wow.

Daniel Castro will be replacing him in the lineup, and you can check out the rest of the lineups below:

Today's Lineups

Chase d'Arnaud - 3B John Jaso - 1B
Nick Markakis - RF Andrew McCutchen - CF
Freddie Freeman - 1B Gregory Polanco - RF
Jeff Francoeur - LF Jung Ho Kang - 3B
Tyler Flowers - C Starling Marte - LF
Gordon Beckham - 2B Josh Harrison - 2B
Daniel Castro - SS Jordy Mercer - SS
Mike Foltynewicz - RHP Chris Stewart - C
Mallex Smith - CF Jeff Locke - LHP

Here's further data on Pirates starter Jeff Locke:

Trajectory and Movement - from 01/01/2016 to 01/01/2017

Pitch Type Count Freq Velo (mph) pfx HMov (in.) pfx VMov (in.) H. Rel (ft.) V. Rel (ft.)
Fourseam 238 36.96% 92.10 6.32 9.41 1.88 6.03
Sinker 209 32.45% 92.42 9.47 7.11 1.83 6.02
Change 161 25.00% 83.41 5.20 6.17 1.93 5.96
Slider 10 1.55% 84.60 2.64 5.37 2.18 5.91
Curve 24 3.73% 79.36 -1.39 -4.59 1.87 5.97