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Ronald Acuña shifts to center field for series opener against Mets

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Recently-extended Ozzie Albies is leading off

Miami Marlins v Atlanta Braves Photo by Logan Riely/Getty Images

The Atlanta Braves and New York Mets will face off on Thursday evening in the first of a four-game set at SunTrust Park. In the opener, the Mets will send a left-hander to the mound in the form of Steven Matz and, as it has throughout the season, that dictates lineup changes on Atlanta’s side.

Thursday’s game will see Ozzie Albies in the lead-off spot but the notable change is an off day for Ender Inciarte and Ronald Acuña shifting to center field.

Johan Camargo will pick up his outfielder’s glove to play left field in an offense-facing move, as he is a superior hitter to Inciarte against left-handed pitching. As noted repeatedly in this space, the presence of Acuña opens a lot of doors, with his defensive ability in center field and the fluidity that a player like Camargo allows in a reserve, do-everything role.

The Mets will deploy the following group against Kevin Gausman:

The Mets are rolling out one of their more common lineups, as this is the third time they’ll be using it in 11 games, which will make it their most commonly-used array. J.D. Davis sits in favor of Juan Lagares, with Jeff McNeil taking his place at third base.

Stay tuned.