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Duvall starts in left, Swanson sticks at leadoff for Game 161

Braves are hellbent on giving their catchers platoon disadvantage as the season wraps up

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It’s Game 161, and it’s lineups time. They look like this:

It’s Game 161, but it’s an all-new batting order and defensive arrangement for the Braves. Adam Duvall gets the start against the lefty-throwing Steven Matz; Brian McCann does too despite the platoon disadvantage. It’s actually the same for the Mets despite the advanced stage of the season — believe it or not, they’ve never used these eight guys in the same defensive arrangement until today.

The opposing starters are no strangers to these two lineups, and not just because this is the fifth time the Braves are facing Matz this year. All position players on the Mets but one (Sam Haggerty) have faced Mike Foltynewicz before; the same is true for the Braves, where, yes, somehow Brian McCann has never faced Matz in his career until now. Todd Frazier and Brandon Nimmo have taken Foltynewicz deep before; Josh Donaldson (twice), Freddie Freeman, and yes, John Ryan Murphy have gone yard off Matz previously.

First pitch is at 7:15 pm EDT.

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