As goes Ozzie Albies, so goes the Braves offense - unfortunately, it looks like Atlanta will need to find a different offensive spark for tonight’s game, as Albies is still sidelined with right hamstring tightness. Charlie Culberson will both hit second and play second in Albies’ stead. He went 5-9 this weekend after replacing him on Friday night.
Ronald Acuña remains in the leadoff spot for the third consecutive game, and has appeared comfortable in his new role thus far. Over the weekend, he went 6-for-9 with a HR - just barely missing a second one - and two stolen bases.
Here is how the Braves will line up after Acuña:
This will be the 3rd time the Braves have faced Marlins starter Jose Ureña this season, and the 10th start against him in his career. All things considered, he is 2-5 with a 5.47 ERA over 11 career appearances against the Braves (two out of the bullpen). Freddie Freeman in particular has walloped Ureña in the past, posting a .353/.476/.706/1.182 line, with a double, triple, and a HR in 21 plate appearances. Ender Inciarte has also fared quite well, batting .389/.421/.722/1.143 over 19 PAs. Like Freeman, he has hit for the cycle against Ureña.
As for the Marlins, if they are going to give Ureña any run support, they will do it with the following lineup:
Sean Newcomb was the victor in each of his two matchups against Miami earlier this season. He managed to stifle most of the Marlins lineup, with the exception of Brian Anderson (5-8, 1.417 OPS) and noted Braves assassin Justin Bour (1-3, HR, 2.000 OPS).
First pitch is scheduled for 7:10pm EST