Inciarte in leadoff spot will be the norm for awhile

Snitker will stick with this lineup through April

The Jon Chuckery Show
March 30, 2019 - 2:07 pm
Ender Inciarte

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Atlanta Braves beat writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Gabe Burns joined Jon Chuckery Saturday to recap the team’s Opening Day loss to the Philadelphia Phillies and preview the next two games of this series between these teams.

Braves center fielder Ender Inciarte belted out 15 hits during Grapefruit League action on his way to a spring .306/.340/..347 slash line. He went 0 for 4 on Opening Day with three strikeouts. This is after his disappointing 2018 season where Inciarte hit .265, a 39 point drop from 2017 and the lowest batting average of his five-year MLB career.

Burns told Chuckery that manager Brian Snitker has faith in his center fielder and wants to give him a healthy opportunity to show he can man the leadoff spot.

“He really does want to see it work with Ender," Burns said about Snitker. "If leadoff becomes a problem, he will move some things around but Snitker will stick with this lineup through April and see how things pan out.”

The "normal" batting order early on for the Braves looks like this:

  1. Inciarte
  2. Josh Donaldson
  3. Freddie Freeman
  4. Ronald Acuña Jr.
  5. Nick Markakis
  6. Ozzie Albies
  7. Either Brian McCann or Tyler Flowers at catcher
  8. Dansby Swanson
  9. Pitcher