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Game Thread 7/11: Braves At Cubs

Jonathan Daniel

After salvaging a devil of a series in New York against the Mets with a victory on Friday thanks to the magical creature that is Aaron Harang, the Braves are hoping that a change of scenery will help contribute to another positive streak, as our boys will be traveling to Chicago for 3 afternoon affairs.

Today's starter for the Cubs is Jake Arrieta. With Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel both now enjoying life in the sewage dumplovely O.Co Coliseum in Oakland, that leaves Arrieta as the top dog in Chicago's rotation, and he's been excellent as of late. Meanwhile, Alex Wood will be making his first start against the Cubs after making 2 innings of relief appearances against Chicago earlier this season.

Here are the lineups. Schafer's leading off for the Braves today, which should excite some people. Bless their hearts.

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<th align="left">ATLANTA BRAVES</th>

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<tr><td class="td-last td-name">Jordan Schafer - CF</td><td class="td-first td-name">A. Alcantara - 2B</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">A. Simmons - SS</td><td class="td-first td-name">Justin Ruggiano - RF</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Freddie Freeman - 1B</td><td class="td-first td-name">Anthony Rizzo - 1B</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Justin Upton - LF</td><td class="td-first td-name">Starlin Castro - SS</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Jason Heyward - RF</td><td class="td-first td-name">W. Castillo - C</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Chris Johnson - 3B</td><td class="td-first td-name">Junior Lake - CF</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Tommy La Stella - 2B</td><td class="td-first td-name">Chris Coghlan - LF</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">C. Bethancourt - C</td><td class="td-first td-name">Mike Olt - 3B</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Alex Wood - LHP</td><td class="td-first td-name">Jake Arrieta - RHP</td></tr></tbody>

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And here's some more data on Jake Arrieta:

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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 232 20.39% 94.51 -3.91 9.74 -3.02 6.47
Sinker 320 28.12% 94.55 -7.09 8.76 -3.07 6.41
Change 65 5.71% 87.56 -8.94 4.84 -3.33 6.31
Slider 313 27.50% 89.99 3.69 3.15 -3.18 6.34
Curve 207 18.19% 79.95 5.89 -9.26 -3.03 6.40

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