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Abraham Almonte, Kevan Smith Start for Braves, Jesse Winker sits for Reds

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The Braves hope the bottom of the order can help the bats come alive.

MLB: Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Braves look to end their series against Cincinnati on a high note today by hopefully earning a series split against the Reds.

Abraham Almonte and Kevan Smith will get starts today as Ender Inciarte and William Contreras head to the bench. Both Smith and Contreras have both struggled offensively from the catcher’s spot as of late, so Atlanta has to hope Smith can contribute from the bottom of the order. In the midst of a nine game stretch where they have scored three or less runs each game, the Braves have to hope for some contributions from the bottom of the order to score runs early and often today.

The Reds made several changes to their lineup for the series finale. The major moves are that Jesse Winker is getting the day off while Tyler Stephenson returns to the starting lineup. Both players hit a home run yesterday to lead the Reds to victory. A big key for Kyle Muller and the Braves is not allowing Jonathan India and Joey Votto to get on base. India has had a lot of success over the past three games reaching base in front of the Reds best hitters.