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.
A win tonight wins the East.#ForTheA pic.twitter.com/1k7x5TSYMn— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) October 3, 2022
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.
#Marlins lineup vs. Braves— Christina De Nicola (@CDeNicola13) October 3, 2022
— Miguel Rojas, who will get wrist surgery on Wednesday, starting
— Luzardo’s finale being caught by Fortes
— DLC continues to be the man in CF pic.twitter.com/FmSoAFetqU
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.