It is Pache time in Atlanta!
While the debut of the Braves top organizational prospect will hold the headlines, the middle of the Braves order is seeing some changes as well.
With Nick Markakis unavailable, the Braves are going to have to hope Adam Duvall can emerge as a significant contributor. He will likely see plenty of playing time and become a fixture in the fifth spot in the lineup until some regulars return. With the continued season struggles of the options behind him, Atlanta has to hope he will offer some timely hitting and valuable plate appearances.
The big development in the Phillies lineup is the exclusion of Bryce Harper, but that does not mean their hitters are not a threat. The first four hitters in the Phillies order could be quite difficult to navigate, and limiting their production may be the key to the game for Max Fried and the Braves. Limiting Roman Quinn and Scott Kingery at the bottom of the order will also be an added bonus to keep them off the base paths.
For the Braves to win, one of their bottom four hitters will likely need to get a big hit tonight. Hopefully, they can get it early and give Fried and the bullpen the lead to protect.