Joc Pederson starts against the southpaw in right field, hitting ninth
File this under not particularly surprising: even given the addition of the DH, the Braves’ lineup is largely unchanged. Jorge Soler shifts to the non-fielding position but is still hitting second, while Adam Duvall, Guillermo Heredia, and Joc Pederson fill out the outfield and hit seventh, eighth, and ninth, respectively.
.@MaxFried32 takes the mound tonight in Baltimore!
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) August 20, 2021
Meanwhile, the Orioles are going to attempt to snap their skid of 15 straight games by lining up this way behind Keegan Akin:
Back home for a weekend series against Atlanta. pic.twitter.com/Kr0yHqQe2m
— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) August 20, 2021
It’s a new lineup for Baltimore, with Ryan Mountcastle batting second for the first time all season (and career, aside from when he entered as a pinch-hitter once). This will also be Jorge Mateo’s first start in right field for Baltimore, though he did have some games there for the Padres earlier this year. Anthony Santander, who’s having a bummer of a campaign after a mini-breakout in 2020, sits in favor of Mateo in this one.