Culberson is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Cardinals. Culberson saw his five-game starting streak come to an end in Monday's series opener, when Johan Camargo was cleared to return from a groin injury. With Camargo emerging as one of the Braves' top hitters in the second half, he should continue to stick in the lineup on a regular basis, closing Culberson's path to an everyday role over the final week and a half of the regular season.
Culberson went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's win over the Giants. Culberson entered the game in the top of the third inning after Johan Camargo exited with a groin injury, and he'd go on to deliver his 11th homer of the season. If Camargo is forced to miss any amount of time, Culberson -- who's slashing .280/.327/.494 -- will likely be the top option to take over third in his stead, though the initial word is Camargo may not be out long.
Culberson went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer Thursday against the Marlins. Culberson took Elieser Hernandez deep in the second inning for his 10th home run of the season. He was called upon to start at shortstop, giving Dansby Swanson a breather. While he is most frequently used as a pinch-hitter, Culberson has put together an impressive .513 slugging percentage across 234 at-bats this season.
Culberson will start at third base and bat fifth Wednesday against the Marlins. Culberson homered again Tuesday, his fourth long ball in his last eight games. He had not hit four home runs in a season entering 2018. While Culberson is not an everyday player, manager Brian Snitker will likely continue to find him three or four starts per week around the infield, at least until this heater ends.
Culberson got the start at third base in Wednesday's 8-3 win over the Nationals, going 2-for-4 with a three-run home run and a second run scored. He's now gone yard in three straight games against the Nats, and five of his eight homers on the year have come against the Braves' NL East rivals. Culberson continues to fill a platoon role against southpaws for Atlanta, and his .283/.329/.493 slash line makes him a strong DFS option when he does get the nod.
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