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Acuña, Contreras return for series opener with Marlins

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Heredia is still sixth

New York Mets v Atlanta Braves Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The Braves are back in action on Friday night after a bizarrely bonkers victory against the Mets, and so are Ronald Acuña Jr. and William Contreras, batting first and eighth, respectively:

This is the second time the Braves are using this particular lineup; the first time was that awful, obliviousness-induced 4-3 loss to the Mets on Tuesday. But, it’s going to be the 11th time they’ve used this starting eight (by far the most common starting eight for the Braves this season), and they’ve gone 6-4 in those games so far, so that’s kind of neat.

Most of the Braves are very familiar with Pablo Lopez, given that he plays for a divisional opponent and has been pretty durable so far in his career. However, they haven’t actually hit him particularly well:

That’s not particularly inspiring, though it’s also a tiny sample and not predictive, so it’s fine. After all, the Braves have already crushed him twice this year.

For the Fish, the lineup is pretty familiar at this pont.

This is a novel lineup for Miami, but we know all of these guys at this point. Most of their exposure to Drew Smyly was earlier this year:

And now, time for the Statcast graphic: