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Duvall Cleans Up, Markakis and Flowers starting versus Nationals

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The Braves hope Duvall continues to shine higher in the batting order.

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Apparently, if you have a night in which you produce at an individual level that no one in franchise history has before, you get rewarded with a move up in the lineup.

After a historical night at the plate, Adam Duvall will hit out of the cleanup spot tonight. His continuted production has become even more valuable as other names, such as Travis d’Arnaud and Nick Markakis, have cooled off. While he is unlikely to continue this level of production, he certainly is experiencing one of the best offensive stretches in his career.

Markakis returns to the lineup after a needed day off, while Tyler Flowers gets the start behind the plate. Obviously, after a great return to the lineup last night, seeing Ozzie Albies again in the lineup is a wonderful sight to see. Hopefully, he can continute to contribute and make the Braves’ lineup even deeper going forward.

For the Nationals, the return of Juan Soto makes their offense significantly more ominius than it was last weekend. However, as any Braves fan can attest, that is already the case with “infinate ghost man on second” Trea Turner having the best start to a season in his career. Though their record may not show it, the Nationals are playing their best ball of the year right now, and are looking to be a signficantly tougher opponent for the Braves than they were just a week ago.