While both the Braves and the Phillies would love to scratch a win across today, Brian Snitker and Gabe Kapler will be going about it in different ways. Snitker will roll with his standard configuration, while Kapler will make some small tweaks that have earned him a reputation as a perpetual tinkerer.
Like last night, Tyler Flowers will get the start, and he will catch the enigmatic Mike Foltynewicz today. He will bat eighth, allowing Ozzie Albies to move into the seventh spot, a common offshoot of Flowers’ presence in the lineup.
Strangely enough, Kapler’s lineup manipulation is more out of necessity than out of sheer restlessness. After Jay Bruce left last night’s game with hamstring tightness and JT Realmuto took a foul ball to the groin, this is how the Phillies will line up today:
The red hot Scott Kingery moves to third in the lineup and Cesar Hernandez moves up to fifth. Nick Williams gets the start in left field in Bruce’s place, and Andrew Knapp will start behind the plate for Realmuto. Maikel Franco will get the nod at third base over Sean Rodriguez, who started both of the first two games of the series at the hot corner.
As noted in today’s preview, this will be Mike Foltynewicz’s 13th career start against the Fightin’ Phils; he holds a 6-3 record with a 3.18 ERA. The Phillies will turn to Vince Velasquez, who will be making his 10th career start against the Braves. Velasquez has scuffled mightily, posting an 0-5 record with a 4.85 ERA.
First pitch is 1:20pm ET.