Tyler Flowers will be starting this first game, so that means he’ll be hitting lower in the lineup and everybody else in the middle part of the lineup got bumped up a spot. So Nick Markakis will be batting fifth today instead of hitting sixth like he was scheduled to do last night. I figure that’ll be the norm for the time being since Brian Snitker appears to have a lot of trust in Travis d’Arnaud’s bat at the moment. Other than Flowers stepping in for d’Arnaud, these are the same faces who were present in last night’s original lineup for Atlanta — including Ronald Acuña Jr.
On the other side of the field, here’s how New York is going to look:
It seems like the Yankees have decided to ease Aaron Judge into things, so he won’t be starting the first game today. Mike Tauchman was going to hit fourth last night but now he’s at the top of the order. Mike Ford will be serving as their DH as well.