Lets ignore the fact that the Braves have historically eschewed optimal lineup construction in favor of more ‘traditional’ looking lineups and roles. And lets ignore that as soon as Ronald Acuna Jr. and/or Ozzie Albies return from the injured list, it is likely that we will return to lineup looks that are more familiar. Also, the bottom third of this lineup has been performing very poorly of late as has been discussed by, well, pretty much everyone.
For the moment, we are going to enjoy having Freddie Freeman batting second and hopefully reaping the fruits of that decision.
For the Nationals, the lineup is much of the same although the DH slot gets a bit of a different look. In the first game of the series, Asdrubal Cabrera got the nod there. Tonight, the Nats give Carter Kieboom the night off, moved Cabrera to third, slid old friend Kurt Suzuki a start at DH while Yan Gomes starts at catching. As we noted in our preview, Austin Voth, who seems to always pitch annoyingly well against the Braves, gets the start on the mound.