The lineups have been released for tonight’s game between the Braves and the Red Sox, and we got an answer to a question that suddenly popped up near the end of Sunday’s game in Miami.
As usual, let’s start with the lineup for the Braves:
Ronald Acuña Jr. exited the final game of that weekend series with the Marlins due to an injury, but it appears that the precautionary exit and day of rest did the trick for him. He’s in the lineup and batting at the top of the lineup, as usual. Additionally, the “Abraham Almonte Bats Cleanup” experiment has ended, as he’s been bumped down to the sixth spot in the lineup. Austin Riley will be batting fourth, which should be cause for a lot less uproar than what happened when the lineups were released on Sunday morning. That’s partially because Dansby Swanson is back in the lineup and batting fifth. William Contreras also returns, and he’s going to be down in the seventh spot.
On the other side, here’s Boston:
Red Sox vs. Braves tonight -- 7:20 p.m. ET— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) June 15, 2021
Hernández 2B, Verdugo CF, Martinez LF, Bogaerts SS, Devers 3B, Renfroe RF, Vázquez C, Dalbec 1B, Rodriguez P
Christian Arroyo and Marwin Gonzalez have both been scratched from the Red Sox lineup after they both started for Boston’s series finale against the Blue Jays. Unfortunately for the Red Sox, you have to make some sacrifices moving to an NL ballpark and instead of having a nine-deep lineup, they’ve got to tack on the pitcher at the end there and pick from the eight position players. So the Red Sox made a few changes of their own, but this is still a pretty tough lineup to deal with.