Phillies Game 1 Lineup Prediction vs. Braves in NLDS

I already feel bad for Atlanta's pitchers.
The Phillies' projected lineup for Game 1 of the NLDS vs. the Braves.
The Phillies' projected lineup for Game 1 of the NLDS vs. the Braves. / Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

After the Phillies swept aside the Marlins in the NL Wild Card Round, the NLDS is set. Philadelphia will travel to Atlanta to face the Braves in Game 1 on Saturday with first pitch scheduled for 6:07 p.m. ET.

With a couple of days off before the next game, Philly fans are already wondering what their team's starting lineup will look like for the series opener. Rob Thomson clearly knew what he was doing in the last round, as every Phillies starter got a hit in Game 1 and the team scored 7 runs in Game 2.

With that in mind, here's our prediction for what Philadelphia's starting lineup will look like on Saturday.

Phillies NLDS Game 1 Lineup Prediction

1. Kyle Schwarber - DH

Schwarber may not be your prototypical leadoff man with his low batting average (.197) and lack of speed (0 steals), but his patience and power play well at the top of the lineup. His 47 homers and 126 walks this year were both career-highs, so there's always a good chance he either starts the game with a leadoff bomb or walk.

2. Trea Turner - SS

Remember when Turner's slump got so bad that he batted eighth? He's been one of the hottest hitters in baseball over the last two months, so now he's back in the two-hole where he belongs. It's also nice to have his speed near the top of the lineup after he went a perfect 30-for-30 in stolen base attempts this year.

3. Bryce Harper - 1B

Harper batted cleanup in the NL Wild Card Series behind Alec Bohm, but that was because Miami had a lefty starting pitcher in both games. He primarily batted third against righties during the regular season, and Atlanta is expected to start RHP Spencer Strider in Game 1.

4. Alec Bohm - 3B

With Harper moving up to third against a righty, Bohm returns to the cleanup spot after racking up 20 homers and 97 RBIs during the regular season -- both career-highs.

5. J.T. Realmuto - C

The All-Star catcher had a bit of a down year at the plate by his standards, posting the second-lowest batting average (.252) of his career. He still popped 20 homers and stole 16 bases, however, and went 3-for-8 out of the five-hole in the NLWC Round.

6. Nick Castellanos - RF

You know your lineup is deep when your No. 6 hitter had 29 homers and 106 RBIs during the regular season. Someone get this man a ring already!

7. Bryson Stott - 2B

His grand slam still hasn't landed. When you're No. 7 hitter can do something like that, the other team is in trouble.

8. Brandon Marsh - LF

With a righty expected to be on the mound for the Braves, Marsh returns to the starting lineup after being limited to a bench role during the Wild Card Round. Marsh hit a robust .292/.387/.477 against RHP this year, so he's a pretty damn good No. 8 hitter.

9. Johan Rojas - CF

A .302 hitter as the caboose? Is this lineup stacked or what?

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