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Still no Acuña; Heredia returns to the lineup against Brewers

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Ender Inciarte’s return to the starting role lasted all of one game

Chicago Cubs v Atlanta Braves Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images

After yesterday’s victory in the series opener, the Braves run out more or less the same lineup, but for Guillermo Heredia starting in center field in lieu of Ender Inciarte.

This is of course a novel lineup; while Adrianza and Heredia have both started for the Braves on the same day, it’s never been with Contreras behind the plate.

The Brewers, meanwhile, have quite a few changes from yesterday on tap:

Omar Narvaez, who struck out as a pinch-hitter yesterday, hits second. Daniel Vogelbach entered as a pinch-hitter and assumes the cleanup position with Travis Shaw moving across the diamond. Jackie Bradley Jr. starts in place of Lorenzo Cain in center.

Both of these offenses are pretty unfamiliar with their opposing Anderson. Brett Anderson has been around forever (his debut was in 2009), but he’s faced the Braves just twice in his career, both in 2015, despite over 1,000 career innings. The combination of Heredia, Freeman, Adrianza, and Ozuna have a combined 21 PAs against him:

For Ian Anderson, there’s not even much point to a graphic — we’re just talking three PAs with Jackie Bradley Jr. head to head, including a hit-by-pitch, a strikeout, and a groundout.

Statcast graphic time!