Guillermo Heredia’s reward for a homer and stellar defensive play Friday evening? Drawing a start in left field on Saturday, apparently.
Heredia now has a cool 127 wRC+ and 1.1 fWAR in just 147 PAs, though he’s outhitting his xwOBA of .315 by a ton. Still, the Braves will take it, given how much of the roster has underperformed their inputs for pretty much the whole season.
Ender Inciarte draws the start in center field as Heredia shifts over, sending Abraham Almonte to the bench. Almonte had started 19 straight games coming into the day. This will be Heredia’s second start of the season in left field, and the first time he’s hit sixth in the lineup since the first game of that dreadful doubleheader against the Diamondbacks. (Alliteration!)
The Reds, meanwhile, are going back to the lineup with which they defeated the Braves on Friday:
They’re 1-0 with that lineup so far, and it’s their most common starting eight, so no real surprises here.
The only familiarity with the Reds against Anderson is from last year’s playoff game, where the Braves won 5-0:
The Braves are only a tiny bit more familiar with Castillo, but have had a lot of success against him in tiny samples:
And now it’s Statcast graphic time.