After the first 3 games of this 4-game series, they have gone just as advertised: They've been hard-fought, tense, and sometimes frustrating, and they've also gone in favor of the Braves, as they've taken 2 out 3 so far, continuing a trend of Atlanta beating the Nationals on a regular basis (even if last night didn't go the Braves' way).
For today's Sunday afternoon special, the Braves have a shot at leaving the nation's capital in 1st place, and they'll do so with Ervin Santana taking the ball for Atlanta. Meanwhile, Tanner Roark will be the starter for the Nationals. The Braves will be trotting out the same lineup from last night's contest, while the Nationals have made one change: Sandy Leon will be starting at backstop in place of Jose Lobaton.
Here are today's lineups:
|ATLANTA BRAVES||WASHINGTON NATIONALS|
|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||Sandy Leon - C|
|Ervin Santana - RHP||Tanner Roark - RHP|
And here's further information on Roark.
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.)|