Braves go with arguably the league's best lineup on Opening Day against the Phillies

The Braves will lean heavy on their powerful offense in 2024.
Division Series - Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves - Game Three
Division Series - Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves - Game Three / Kevin D. Liles/Atlanta Braves/GettyImages
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After having to wait an extra day due to inclement weather, the Phillies and Braves will finally be able to begin their seasons on Friday afternoon in Philadelphia.

The Atlanta Braves are notorious for running the same everyday players out to the field each day. Barring injury, we expect nothing different in 2024. Today’s opening day lineup gives us a glimpse of how manager Brian Snitker plans to utilize this roster.

Leading off as always is the reigning NL MVP Ronald Acuña Jr. He is followed by Ozzie Albies, Austin Riley, and Matt Olson in the 2-3-4 spots.

Snitker toyed with movement among the top four during last year‘s NLDS, but quickly reverted to the original construction once the Braves were shut out in game one. Batting fifth is the big bear Marcell Ozuna, who had a pretty nice spring and looks to have a big year heading into free agency in 2025.

One of the biggest changes in the lineup this season is young Michael Harris II batting sixth in what seems to be his new spot in the order. With the amount of people that are expecting a big year from money Mike and his hot spring training, this seems like the perfect spot for him.

He is followed by one of Atlanta's most talented catchers, Sean Murphy. Murphy will share some time with Travis d'Arnaud throughout the season, however. Rounding out the bottom of the order is shortstop Orlando Arcia and left fielder Jarred Kelenic. Kelenic will be platooned with Adam Duvall in games started by left-handed pitching this season.

The Braves rode a historic offense to 104 wins last season. They will try to do the same with this lineup in 2024. Time will tell if this group can stay healthy for 162, but when they are all on the field together they look to be one of the most powerful lineups in baseball. They will get a huge test on Opening Day as they square off against long-time ace, Zack Wheeler.

Spencer Strider will take the mound for the Bravos as he looks to silence Philly fans who believe he isn't that great of a pitcher. After the Spring he had, Philadelphia could be in for a long afternoon.

Game one between the Braves and Phillies starts at 3:05 PM EST and can be watched on Bally Sports South or MLB.tv (subscription required). The game will also be broadcast on radio via 680 AM/93.7 FM The Fan.

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