The Braves are set to play the third and final game of their series in Cleveland, and will deploy a lineup almost identical to the one that saw them fall 8-4 in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader. The only difference is that in that game, Matt Joyce took the reins in right field while Nick Markakis served as the DH; in this one, Markakis will patrol the outfield at the Jake while Joyce will take hitting-only duties. Joyce hit a solo homer yesterday in his first start of 2019. His 155 wRC+ would be kind of a funny April stat, if not for the fact that it’s actually third on the team behind Ronald Acuña Jr. (169) and, more importantly, Charlie Culberson (328 in 9 PAs, with a .444/.444/1.122 line).
Cleveland, meanwhile, will roll out a somewhat different-look lineup against Max Fried, given that he throws the baseball with his left hand. The Braves saw all of these players yesterday in some capacity, but the left-hand-hitting Jason Kipnis, Jake Bauers, and Tyler Naquin constitute the bottom of Cleveland’s order for this game, along with guy-that-made-three-outs-in-the-same-inning-yesterday Roberto Perez.
As far as matchups, no one on the Atlanta roster has ever faced Bieber, though a few of Cleveland’s new additions this year have seen Fried. A few of those names (Carloses Gonzalez and Santana) are in the lineup today, while some others (Mike Freeman, Kevin Plawecki) are on the bench. Any hit Fried allows tonight will be his first to any member of Cleveland’s 25-man roster.