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Sean Newcomb faces Kyle Hendricks in Game 1 of Braves-Cubs

Here’s how the Braves and Cubs will line up for Atlanta’s first home game of the year

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Tonight seems like as good a night as any for the hometown Braves to start a winning streak. To do so, they will need southpaw Sean Newcomb to outduel Cubs right Kyle Hendricks.

The Braves will line up as such to face Hendricks:

With the exception of Brian McCann and Tyler Flowers rotating in and out of the catcher position, the lineup stays the same. There is still no sighting of Johan Camargo in the starting lineup, but hopefully he makes an appearance against a lefty - Chicago’s Jon Lester - this Wednesday.

Nick Markakis has seen Hendricks most of all current Braves, slashing .455/.455/.636 against him in 11 plate appearances. Most of the remaining Braves have been limited in their exposure to Hendricks, with Ender Inciarte’s 7 PAs against him leading the pack. Of note: Hendricks has never faced McCann, or Ronald Acuña Jr. - nor has he faced Camargo or Charlie Culberson, both of whom could make appearances in a pinch tonight. This will be Hendricks’ first ever start at STP, though he carries a 1-0 career record against the Braves with a 2.33 ERA.

Meanwhile, the Cubs will look to chase Newcomb early with the following alignment:

Newcomb hasn’t fared particularly well against the Cubbies in his relatively short Major League tenure, posting an 0-2 record with a 5.17 ERA. Albert Almora Jr., Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, and Willson Contreras each carry an OPS north of 1.000 against Newk; Bryant is the only one of those four who has not homered off him in the past.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:10pm ET.

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