In Acuña’s absence, the Braves tweaked their lineup against Boston. Shortstop Dansby Swanson led off for the first time this season. After a slow start, Swanson is hitting .311 across his past 14 contests, which Snitker said influenced the decision. Swanson has found success hitting leadoff before, slashing .282/.308/.398 with nine doubles, a homer and six RBIs over 22 games (103 at-bats).
Catcher Travis d’Arnaud hit third, with third baseman Austin Riley in the cleanup spot. Travis Demeritte manned right field, and Orlando Arcia was the designated hitter. With a shorter bench, Snitker said it was “harder” to put backup catcher William Contreras as the DH.