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Game Thread 6/17: Mets at Braves

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Dillon Gee takes on Tim Hudson in the series opener.

Butch Dill

***Update #2: They're apparently going to try and start this thing at 10:05 EDT.***

***Update: The game is in a rain delay, and the Braves have to yet to announce a new start time. Stay tuned***

First pitch between the Mets and Braves is set for 7:10 PM EDT on SportSouth. Lineups:

Braves:

  1. Andrelton Simmons, SS
  2. Jason Heyward, RF
  3. Justin Upton, LF
  4. Freddie Freeman, 1B
  5. Evan Gattis, C
  6. B.J. Upton, CF
  7. Dan Uggla, 2B
  8. Chris Johnson, 3B
  9. Tim Hudson, P

Mets:

  1. Juan Lagares, CF
  2. Daniel Murphy, 2B
  3. David Wright, 3B
  4. Lucas Duda, 1B
  5. Marlon Byrd, RF
  6. John Buck, C
  7. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, LF
  8. Omar Quintanilla, SS
  9. Dillon Gee, P
Dillon Gee
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(Pitch F/X info courtesy of BrooksBaseball.)
Gee doesn't throw hard, with his fastball averaging just under 90 miles per hour this season. His changeup, slider, and curve all have whiff/swing rates of above 25%, with his slider leading the way at over 28%.
He has been better than his 4.84 ERA indicates, as evidenced by his 4.14 FIP and 3.85 xFIP. He's striking out almost 20% of batters faced while walking just over 6%. The main concern for Gee has to be a large drop in groundball rate from 50.3% last season to 43.6% this year. That decrease has coincided with a slight increase in line drive rate and a 5% rise in his fly ball rate against opposing hitters.