The Atlanta Braves will get their first chance to clinch the NL East Friday night when they begin a three-game series against the Miami Marlins. Bryce Elder will get the start on the mound for Atlanta while Miami will go with left-hander Jesus Luzardo.
After sitting for two days, William Contreras is back in the Braves lineup at DH replacing Marcell Ozuna. Contreras is hitting .290/.370/.468 with three home runs and a 133 wRC+ in his last 20 games.
With a left-hander on the mound, Robbie Grossman gets the start in left field and will hit ninth. Grossman is hitting .322/.444/.443 with a 160 wRC+ in 142 plate appearances against left-handed pitchers this season.
For the Marlins, Jon Berti will get the start at second base and will lead off. Joey Wendle hits second and will play third base.
Bryan De La Cruz has been on a tear for the Marlins since September 1 hitting .370/.400/.685 with five homers and a 200 wRC+. He will play centerfield and hit third in Monday’s opener. Jesus Sanchez is back after a demotion to the minors and will hit fifth and DH. Nick Fortes will be behind the plate and hit sixth.
Monday’s game has a scheduled start time of 6:40 p.m. ET and can be seen on Bally Sports South.