The Braves are running out their best lineup to start the penultimate game of their regular season, as Spencer Strider takes the mound. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see some mid-game substitutions to give some regulars a rest, but they won’t be able to substitute the entire lineup. This is an extremely favorable matchup, as the Nationals are a bad team with a bad starting pitcher and the Braves are starting Spencer Strider. Michael Harris bats sixth again, which has been more common lately, after he spent a lot of this season and last batting ninth to get him in front of Ronald. The Nationals, on the other hand, are starting the same nine players, but with a few swaps in the order.
Braves start the A-team to back Spencer Strider’s final start.
The Braves are opting for sharpness over rest, at least to start, with the bye and home field in hand.