Austin Riley starts in left field once again, and moves up to the fifth spot in the lineup. Johan Camargo slots in at seventh, giving the Braves another right-handed bat against breakout southpaw Matthew Boyd. Tyler Flowers draws a second consecutive start for the same reason. Josh Donaldson likely draws a start rather than a rest day because he’s the only player on the current Braves roster that has ever faced Boyd — his only two hits against him are both solo homers.
An interesting thing to watch in today’s game is how the Braves’ decision to trade defense for right-handed offense fares. Riley-Acuña-Camargo is likely the weakest defensive outfield the team has deployed this year, and Julio Teheran has allowed 15 percent more fly balls than average so far in 2019.
This will be the third time that Camargo starts in right field this season, to go along with six prior starts in left field. This is the fourth day off for Nick Markakis this year, i.e., one in which he doesn’t feature into the starting lineup.
The Tigers, meanwhile, counter with:
DailyRoto Lineup Alert: Tigers— DailyRoto News (@dailyrotonews) June 2, 2019
1. SS Niko Goodrum (S)
2. LF Christin Stewart (L)
3. RF Nicholas Castellanos (R)
4. 2B Brandon Dixon (R)
5. 1B John Hicks (R)
6. 3B Gordon Beckham (R)
7. C Grayson Greiner (R)
8. CF JaCoby Jones (R)
9. SP Matthew Boyd (L)https://t.co/MRx1sKcr7b
This is essentially the same lineup as yesterday, except with former Brave Gordon Beckham starting in Dawel Lugo’s place at third base. On Detroit’s roster, only Miguel Cabrera (still sidelined with a knee injury) and Nick Castellanos have ever faced Teheran, and Castellanos is hitless against the Atlanta right-hander.
The 13 runs the Tigers have scored in the first two games of this series are the most they’ve managed in any two consecutive games this year, so hopefully they can be kept off the board in the finale as the Braves contend with Boyd. The Tigers have yet to score more than 16 runs in a three-game series this year.