The Braves’ Big Four of Ronald Acuña, Jr., Ozzie Albies, Freddie Freeman, and Josh Donaldson has essentially been written in permanent marker at the top of the lineup card for the past six weeks. Based on his recent hot work in place of the injured Nick Markakis, it might be time to break out the Sharpie for Matt Joyce and change the moniker to the Big Five.
Since moving primarily into the starting role on August 13, Joyce has slashed .390/.486/.644 with 191 wRC+, three doubles, and four home runs - two of which came this past weekend against Washington. Joyce, obtained in the off-season with the intention of being used as a bench player, could find himself starting in the outfield come playoff time. He will hit fifth tonight.
As you can see, the Braves will stack lefties against Phillies starter Aaron Nola, who has allowed a .243/.327/.427 slash line against southpaws this year. Accordingly, Brian McCann will catch Mike Foltynewicz this evening, and Rafael Ortega will man left field.
The Phillies will try to do Gabe Kapler proud with this configuration:
First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm ET.