The Braves will roll with the young backstop again as Travis d’Arnaud remains on the paternity list.
The Braves will give William Contreras another start behind the plate against the Yankees on Monday, giving the young backstop more opportunity to showcase for a September roster spot before Travis d’Arnaud returns from the paternity list. Contreras has been inconsistent this season, but the matchup against left-hander Jordan Montgomery could be beneficial. In addition, Guillermo Heredia will start in center field as his numbers against left-handed pitching have been solid. Joc Pederson will come off the bench, but could be a late-inning weapon against a Yankees bullpen with multiple weapons from the right side. Here is the full Atlanta attack:
The Braves have won 9 games in a row. The Yankees have won 9 games in a row.
First pitch at 7:20 tonight at Truist Park!
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) August 23, 2021
The Yankees offense, especially after the acquisitions of Joey Gallo and Anthony Rizzo at the deadline, is an avalanche of dangerous power hitters. They boast a solid mixture of from each side of plate as well, which could pose some matchup challenges later in the game. Here is the full lineup for New York: