The best news of the day for the Atlanta Braves came in a positive diagnosis for Freddie Freeman’s wrist and, on cue, the All-Star first baseman apparently talked himself into the lineup less than 24 hours after the now-infamous incident. In fact, here is the full lineup deployed by Brian Snitker.
Freeman’s inclusion is certainly the headliner and he is the centerpiece of a lineup that could potentially terrorize New York’s Matt Harvey. In a small sample this season, the former ace has allowed a .387 wOBA to left-handed hitters and, in 2017, that number was terrifyingly poor to the tune of a .426 clip allowed. Combine that with an offense that has already been clicking and optimism comes into view.
On the flip side, here is the group from the opposing side.
More than anything (sans Freeman’s return), the appearance of Matt Wisler will be quite interesting on Thursday. He has been good in Gwinnett this season but, if anything, this has a “last possible chance” feel to it and Wisler getting the call to start over Lucas Sims was controversial in some circles. New York’s offense isn’t overly scary on paper but, in the same breath, they’ve been explosive at times this season and this is a challenge for Wisler.