Albies will receive a rare off day Tuesday against the Giants. Albies sits for just the second time this season. He's hitting just .179/.273/.214 over his last eight games. Johan Camargo gets the start at second base.
Albies will bat eighth and start at shortstop Sunday against the Brewers. Manager Brian Snitker pulled the plug on Albies as the team's leadoff man May 10, with Ronald Acuna taking over table-setting duties for the Braves. Albies proceeded to go 1-for-19 while hitting out of the No. 6 or 7 spot over the subsequent five games, resulting in another drop down the order. He'll bat eighth for the fourth consecutive contest and may stick at that spot until he can find some consistency at the plate.
Albies will start at second base and bat cleanup Sunday against the Diamondbacks, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports. Prior to the weekend, Albies had been deployed as the Braves' leadoff man in every start he had made dating back to April 13. Though he began that stretch with three straight multi-hit performances, an extended swoon to begin May dropped his on-base percentage to .329 for the season heading into Friday. Manager Brian Snitker has since turned the table-setting role over to Ronald Acuna, while Albies hit sixth in the first two games of the series. Albies will move up to the cleanup spot in the series finale, but that assignment is merely the result of Freddie Freeman being scratched from the lineup with a head cold.
Albies went 2-for-6 with a home run and five RBI in Saturday's 9-2 win over the Marlins. The Braves were trailing 2-1 when Albies came to the plate with the bases juiced and two outs in the top of the sixth inning, and he changed the complexion of the game with his 388-foot blast. The 22-year-old is slashing .291/.342/.511 with seven home runs and 27 runs scored in 33 games, entrenching himself in the leadoff spot for the Braves.
Albies went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, a run scored and an RBI in Wednesday's win over the Padres. The 22-year-old has four multi-hit performances in the last six games, with six of his 10 hits (two doubles, a triple and three homers) over that stretch going for extra bases. Albies is locked in right now -- he's only struck out once in those six games -- and his .292/.344/.573 in 89 at-bats from the leadoff spot figures to keep him at the top of Atlanta's order for the foreseeable future.
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