The Braves start Johan Camargo at second base, giving Ozzie Albies a day of rest and recuperation after he was hit by a pitch in last night’s contest. This will be Camargo’s third start at second base this season, and the first time the Braves use this particular defensive arrangement. Otherwise, the Braves are rolling with their self-same arrangement as usual, and Tyler Flowers brings up the lineup’s rear in the eighth spot, starting back-to-back games for the 11th time this season. (By comparison, Brian McCann has started back-to-back games 12 times so far this season.)
The Mets, meanwhile, start J.D. Davis in left field and the three-hole for the first time this series, given the presence of a Braves southpaw on the mound. Meanwhile, Michael Conforto takes a bench spot while Robinson Cano slides down to the six-hole. The Mets have never used this defensive arrangement, as Jeff McNeil has never been in right field while Davis mans left. The Mets used a somewhat-similar lineup against Fried a couple of weeks ago, but that one featured Conforto starting in lieu of Cano.
Both of these teams are somewhat familiar with the opposing starter. Most of the Mets have faced Fried before, excluding Cano, Tomas Nido, and a few guys on the bench (Carlos Gomez, Adeiny Hechavarria, Dominic Smith). Fried has yet to yield a longball to any active member of the Mets. Austin Riley is the only Brave that will be getting his first licks in against Noah Syndergaard. Freddie Freeman has taken Syndergaard deep already in his career, as have Albies and McCann, who miss the start in this game. Even though Syndergaard’s been a dominant starter over his career, many of the Braves hit him fairly well — Nick Markakis (.412, .474, .471), Freeman (.444/.444/.889), and Dansby Swanson (.455/.500/.455) are the notable lines, but are mostly just reflective of past success and not predictive for the future.