Braves move Ozzie Albies down in Game 6 lineup after recent struggles

Ozzie Albies, Atlanta Braves. (Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports)
Ozzie Albies, Atlanta Braves. (Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Atlanta Braves make a major change to the World Series Game 6 lineup by sending struggling second baseman Ozzie Albies down the batting order.

While the Atlanta Braves are one game away from winning their first World Series since 1995, they have gotten next to nothing offensively from second baseman Ozzie Albies.

Most of the time, Albies occupies the No. 3 spot in Atlanta’s deep batting order. The switch hitter has great power from both sides of the plate, but hits for a higher average from the right-hand side. However, he is striking out a ton and has not had anywhere close to the type of pop he has demonstrated at the plate for so many years. Naturally, he had to slide down the batting order.

Here is how far Albies has moved down the Braves’ batting order heading into Game 6 Tuesday.

Atlanta Braves Game 6 World Series starting lineup

  1. LF Eddie Rosario
  2. DH Jorge Soler
  3. 1B Freddie Freeman
  4. 3B Austin Riley
  5. CB Adam Duvall
  6. RF Joc Pederson
  7. 2B Ozzie Albies
  8. C Travis d’Arnaud
  9. SS Dansby Swanson

Leading off will be Eddie Rosario and playing left field. Batting second will be designated hitter Jorger Soler. First baseman Freddie Freeman will hit third. Third baseman Austin Riley is at cleanup. Centerfielder Adam Duvall bats fifth. Joc Pederson will hit sixth and play right field. Albies drops to seventh. Catcher Travis d’Arnaud and shortstop Dansby Swanson rounding out the order.

Getting the start on the mound will be left-hander Max Fried. The last time the Braves were in a situation like this, a left-hander by the name of Tom Glavine got the Game 6 start vs. the Cleveland Indians. While that game was at home, no team has won the World Series on its own field since the Boston Red Sox did it two titles ago back in 2013 over Tony La Russa’s St. Louis Cardinals.

If anybody on the Braves’ roster is due for a big game at the plate, look no further than Albies.

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