“I planned to give Ender a day off,” Snitker said. “I wish I could give more guys (a day off). It does two things, I think: It gives him just a break from running around in the outfield, and it allows some of the bench guys to get three or four at-bats under their belts. I just thought this was probably a good day to do it.
Snitker said the lineup changes weren’t so much about the weather as just a chance to get playing time for backups against Cubs left-hander Jose Quintana, only the second lefty starter the Braves have faced in 14 games.
“It’s going to be good today to get some of those guys some at-bats,” Snitker said. “And we haven’t faced a lot of lefties. So it’s just a good opportunity to get everybody involved.”
The Braves (8-5) entered Saturday with the majors’ third-highest OPS (.781), fifth-highest batting average (.261) and tied for fifth-most runs (72).
With Inciarte out of the lineup, hot-hitting second baseman Albies moved up one spot to bat leadoff and Dansby Swanson moved up from the sixth or seventh spot to bat second. Inciarte hit first and Albies second in the order in every game this season before Saturday.
Albies’ homer was his fifth of the season and third on a nine-game trip that ends Sunday. Bryce Harper (six) was the only major leaguer with more than five homers before Saturday.