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The Daily Chop: Brian Snitker pondering lineup change for Game 5

Snitker is considering starting Adam Duvall in Game 5.

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Divisional Series - Atlanta Braves v St Louis Cardinals - Game Three Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

The NLDS returns to SunTrust Park on Wednesday for a pivotal winner take all Game 5 of the NLDS between the Atlanta Braves and the St. Louis Cardinals. The Braves came into the series boasting one of the league’s best offenses but it has largely been held in check by St. Louis pitching. The good news is, Atlanta’s pitching staff has pretty much matched the Cardinals pitch for pitch with great performances by Mike Foltynewicz and Mike Soroka in Games 2 & 3.

While Ronald Acuña Jr, Dansby Swanson and Ozzie Albies have done their part, Atlanta’s middle of the order has been largely silent. Freddie Freeman, Josh Donaldson and Nick Markakis have combined to go 7-for-48 with just three extra-base hits over the first four games of the series. Manager Brian Snitker said on Tuesday that he is contemplating a lineup change with Adam Duvall potentially moving into the starting lineup and likely replacing Matt Joyce who is 1-for-9 in the series.

The move makes sense on a lot of levels and would likely break up the string of three straight left-handed hitters with Markakis, Joyce and Brian McCann in the first four games of the series.

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