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Game Thread 7/2: Braves vs. Nationals

Hey, look! Dan Uggla's starting!

Manny Banuelos finally debuts in the Majors after seven years in the minors. He opposes Max Scherzer in the rubber match of this three-game series.

Today's Lineups

Denard Span - CF Jace Peterson - 2B
Danny Espinosa - SS Cameron Maybin - CF
Yunel Escobar - 3B Nick Markakis - RF
Bryce Harper - RF A.J. Pierzynski - C
Wilson Ramos - C Juan Uribe - 3B
Dan Uggla - 2B Kelly Johnson - 1B
Tyler Moore - 1B Andrelton Simmons - SS
Michael Taylor - LF Eury Perez - LF
Max Scherzer - RHP Manny Banuelos - LHP

Scherzer's been dealing his last three starts.

6/26: 8 IP, 5 hits, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
6/20: No-hitter, 0 BB, 10 K
6/14: CG SO, 1 hit, 1 BB, 16 K

Scherzer last faced the Braves way back when in 2010.

Pitch description from

In 2015, Scherzer has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (95mph), also mixing in a Slider (86mph), Change (86mph) and Curve (80mph). He also rarely throws a Sinker (92mph) and Cutter (90mph).

His fourseam fastball has an obvious tail, generates a high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' fourseamers, has some natural sinking action, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' fourseamers and has slightly above average velo. His slider generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' sliders, has primarily 12-6 movement and results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' sliders. His change is slightly firmer than usual, has slight armside fade and has some natural sink to it. His curve results in many more groundballs compared to other pitchers' curves, has little depth, is slightly harder than usual and has primarily 12-6 movement.

He throws his slider almost exclusively to righties; his curveball and changeup more often to lefties.

Swat the gNats!!

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