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Despite struggles, Ronald Acuña, Jr. stays in lead off spot for Braves - like he should

Matt Joyce and Rafael Ortega will flank the scuffling phenom

MLB: SEP 01 White Sox at Braves Photo by David John Griffin/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

It’s no secret that Ronald Acuña, Jr. isn’t hitting like Ronald Acuña, Jr. right now, but he will retain his stronghold on the leadoff spot for tonight’s game. As expected, he will be followed by the rest of the Braves’ Big Four.

All things considered, the Braves are rolling with what appears to be a pretty standard lineup for this evening’s tilt with the Blue Jays. Matt Joyce will get a chance to continue his solid work at the plate in the absence of Nick Markakis, and Rafael Ortega will have a chance to keep hitting frozen ropes right at fielders. He has been the victim of some rotten luck recently, but continues to hit the ball hard. Dansby Swanson will stay in the sixth slot.

Tyler Flowers gets the start behind the plate, and he will be half of a battery that also includes Mike Foltynewicz. The last time these two linked up against the Blue Jays - six whole days ago - it seemed like they had trouble getting on the same page. With any luck, tonight will be a better pairing.

Charlie Montoyo will send the Blue Jays to do battle in the following order:

First pitch is slated for 7:20pm ET.

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