As you may know by now, Brian Snitker is a creature of habit - at least when it comes to formulating lineups. While the bench options for the 2019 Braves are more tantalizing than in previous years, and he will occasionally use this depth to pepper in a start for Johan Camargo or even Matt Joyce, he tends to roll with his standard eight more often than not.
Now that Ozzie Albies has claimed the lead-off spot and Dansby Swanson’s penchant for hard contact has warranted a move up in to the six-hole, tonight’s lineup appears to be the new norm.
The Braves have had decent results against Reds starter Sonny Gray, but two of the Braves who have seen him the most (Joyce and Brian McCann) will get the night off. Josh Donaldson is 5-for-15 against Gray in his career - all singles - and has drawn seven walks against him. Freddie Freeman and the aforementioned Swanson have faced Gray for a total of five plate appearances, and the two have combined for two doubles against him. Gray has never faced Albies or Ronald Acuña, who hit his first big league home run in this very ballpark almost a year ago to the day.
Reds manager David Bell will trot out the following lineup from the home dugout:
Shoutout to the Reds for embracing the impending influx of Tiger memes.
The only Reds starter with any substantial experience against Braves starter Kevin Gausman is Jose Iglesias, whose .154/.214/.231 slash line over 14 plate appearances should not exactly strike fear into Gausman’s heart. The remaining Reds starters have a total of nine PAs against the Braves righty.
Here is a visual representation of how the two teams are faring thus far in the 2019 season - for more visualizations like these, head on over to Baseball Savant.
First pitch is slated for 6:40pm ET.