This upcoming Braves series against the Minnesota Twins will be interesting for a number of reasons, chiefly among them the capacity for copious amounts of offensive firepower. The Twins are a well-documented juggernaut, and the Braves’ already potent offense will be allowed an additional thumper due to the designated hitter. Tonight, Matt Joyce will fill that role and hit seventh.
After yesterday’s rest day (aside from a walk and a trot around the bases on Acuña’s game-tying HR in the ninth), Freddie Freeman returns to his post at first base. Johan Camargo will get another start at shortstop - possibly a last ditch effort for him to re-establish his timing before facing a potential demotion upon Dansby Swanson’s return - and Ender Inciarte will serve as a second lead-off man, batting ninth.
The Twins and their terrifying offensive machine will be configured as such.
With the oft-injured Byron Buxton on the shelf, Max Kepler shifts over to centerfield, and recently recalled Jake Cave will get the start in right.
Mike Soroka and Jake Odorizzi will get the starts for their respective teams tonight. First pitch is scheduled for 8:10pm ET.