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Game Thread 6/21: Braves At Nationals

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Last night was a long one, as it lasted about 4 and a half hours and a little bit longer than it should have thanks to Craig Kimbrel's blown save. Even with the botched ending, it still ended like all but 1 of the Atlanta-Washington games have ended this season: With a Braves victory.

As far as tonight is concerned, there's good news for Atlanta on the injury front: Justin Upton is back in the lineup tonight as he's gotten over an inner-ear ailment that caused him to miss a few games this past week. He'll be batting 6th in the lineup, directly behind Jason Heyward. Meanwhile, there are no lineup changes for the Nationals.

Julio Teheran will be making the start tonight. The Nationals have already used two of their best arms in this series, so now we'll see how Washington will deal with Atlanta's ace. On the other side, the Nats will send out Doug Fister, who will be hoping to bounce back from an extremely rough outing his last time out.

Here's the lineups for tonight's contest (which will be nationally televised on big FOX):

Today's Lineups

Tommy La Stella - 2B Denard Span - CF
B.J. Upton - CF Anthony Rendon - 3B
Freddie Freeman - 1B Jayson Werth - RF
Evan Gattis - C Adam LaRoche - 1B
Jason Heyward - RF Ryan Zimmerman - LF
Justin Upton - LF Ian Desmond - SS
Chris Johnson - 3B Danny Espinosa - 2B
A. Simmons - SS Jose Lobaton - C
Julio Teheran - RHP Doug Fister - LHP

And here's data on Fister:


Trajectory and Movement - from 01/01/2014 to 01/01/2015

Pitch Type Count Freq Velo (mph) pfx HMov (in.) pfx VMov (in.) H. Rel (ft.) V. Rel (ft.)
Fourseam 55 7.18% 88.95 -5.52 9.13 -3.22 6.67
Sinker 418 54.57% 89.37 -8.47 5.85 -3.25 6.59
Curve 102 13.32% 74.00 3.62 -7.97 -3.28 6.45
Cutter 82 10.70% 84.96 1.37 3.04 -3.44 6.49
Split 109 14.23% 81.14 -8.56 2.93 -3.32 6.43

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