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Braves lineup remains the same, Reds make adjustments ahead of Game 2

Though they struggled in Game 1, no need to change what has worked so many times in the past.

Wild Card Round - Cincinnati Reds v Atlanta Braves - Game One Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images

Though the struggles happened on an epic stage, it still was simply one game. The Braves offense is the reason why they are here, and as a result, they will feature the same lineup in Game 2 as they did in Game 1.

Reds starter Luis Castillo has not faced an offense with the capability of the Braves lineup this season. And as the Braves proved yesterday, while they may not always be highly successful against quality pitching, they can at least survive. However, Atlanta likely cannot afford another 4-29 with 15 strikeouts performance from the top six hitters in its lineup. The Braves must put together better at bats today, and take advantage of opportunities when they emerge.

Though they were the better offense overall yesterday, the Reds did make a few changes. Shogo Akiyama and Freddy Galvis replace Aristides Aquino and Kyle Farmer in Game 2. However, the added value in these changes is more evident defensively than offensively based on the regular season. The Reds had their chances yesterday, but simply could not get the needed hit to have a run cross the plate. A big goal for Ian Anderson will be keeping the trio of Nick Castellanos, Joey Votto, and Eugenio Suarez quiet today. Another 6-16 performance from that group could be a tough obstacle to overcome for a second straight day if the Atlanta offense struggles again.

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