The Atlanta Braves could have a blockbuster deal still left up their sleeve that could change what their setting up lineup seems like, but with Spring Training two months absent, let’s believe what they have now are their only selections.
So, here is a prediction of what the Braves’ 2019 Opening Working day setting up lineup will be:
Projected 2019 Opening Working day Lineup:
1. Ender Inciarte, CF
2. Josh Donaldson, 3B
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Ronald Acuña Jr., LF
5. Nick Markakis, RF
6. Ozzie Albies, 2B
7. Brian McCann/Tyler Bouquets, C
8. Dansby Swanson
Alex Anthopoulos: Brian Snitker and the Braves are now internally leaning toward Inciarte-Donaldson-Freeman-Acuña-Markakis hitting 1 through 5. https://t.co/Wzn6U25W2O
— Zach Dillard (@Zach_Dillard) January 22, 2019
Ronald Acuña Jr. was a monster as soon as he was placed in the leadoff place last yr, but with the lack of a true cleanup hitter and Josh Donaldson in the No. 2 place, it could possibly be a shrewd move by manager Brian Snitker to move the youngster to the cleanup place powering Freddie Freeman. In the meantime, Ender Inciarte has a chance to strike leadoff.
Yes, Nick Markakis hit cleanup last yr and they could go that route yet again, but the veteran outfielder lacks power and would be better suited in the fifth place. Heck, I would not rule out placing Markakis in the leadoff place because of his on-foundation capacity.
Of program, if Ozzie Albies proves he can be more reliable with the bat, it would not shock any person if he vaults to the top rated place.
Atlanta is even now joined to All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto, so that addition could adjust this total lineup around. But to just take advantage of Acuña’s power and velocity when he reaches foundation (not heading to have him steal much too quite a few bases with Donaldson and Freeman powering him), transferring him down could possibly be the very best way to just take advantage of his MVP capacity.