No DH may force Freddie Freeman to drop in Braves' batting order


One of the big lineup adjustments made last season by Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker was to place Freddie Freeman in the two-hole behind Ronald Acuña Jr.

Protected from behind by Marcell Ozuna and Travis d'Arnaud, Freeman won the NL MVP batting a career high .341 in the pandemic-shortened season.

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After the Braves re-signed Ozuna it seemed natural to start the season with the same lineup, Acuna-Freeman-Ozuna. But Atlanta Braves Insider Joe Patrick isn't sure that's going to be the case.

"I would not expect to see him in the two-hole unless MLB comes down with a late decision that the DH could be back," says Patrick. "If it's not there (the DH), I would not expect to see Freeman in the two-hole. They like him there because it got him more at-bats, but also he wasn't batting two spots way from the pitcher which is an automatic out."

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