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

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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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