Inciarte went 2-for-3 with two doubles, a run scored and a stolen base in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Pirates. Hitting leadoff, the 28-year-old set the table very effectively as he gears up for the regular season. Inciarte is hitting .240 (6-for-25) as he works out the kinks this spring, but if he can hang onto that leadoff spot, his contact skills and decent patience give the potential to score triple-digit runs in 2019 with the likes of Josh Donaldson, Freddie Freeman and Ronald Acuna hitting behind him.
Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos said last week that manager Brian Snitker is leaning toward deploying Inciarte as the team's leadoff man in 2019, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. Snitker will likely tinker with his lineups to some degree in Grapefruit League games before settling on an optimal configuration, but heading into camp, Inciarte looks poised to recapture table-setting duties. It's a role that Inciarte held for much of the first month of last season, when he was one of the early fantasy standouts with a .276 average, 16 runs and 13 steals through the Braves' first 26 games. He saw his involvement in the run game slow down dramatically thereafter and spent much of the second half as the No. 6 or 7 hitter while hotshot rookie Ronald Acuna handled the leadoff gig. At least for now, Snitker envisions Acuna as the team's cleanup hitter, though that could change if Inciarte fails to provide the on-base threat the Braves need at the top of the order.
Inciarte is out of Thursday's starting nine against the Mets. Inciarte will take a seat with southpaw Jason Vargas on the mound for New York. After collecting four multi-hit games last week, Inciarte was just 1-for-8 during the first two contests of this series. Adam Duvall will draw a start in the outfield in his place.
Inciarte is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Phillies. Inciarte will sit for the first time in the month of September as the Braves make several changes following their division-clinching win Saturday. Lane Adams will replace him in center field.
Inciarte went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and a stolen base in a 5-3 win over the Phillies on Saturday as Atlanta clinched the National League East title. The 27-year-old outfielder stole his 28th base, tying him for ninth in the majors in steals. Inciarte has also chipped in 10 home runs, is 7-for-13 in his last four games, and sports a .266/.327/.386 slash line for 2018.
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