Freeman left Wednesday's bout with flu-like symptoms, but it seems like that was a minor blip on the radar in the grand scheme of things. He'll resume his normal spot in the heart of Atlanta's order looking to get the Braves in the thick of the playoff race.
Thames had another rough day at the plate Wednesday, fanning four times in a hitless effort. He now has seven strikeouts in his last two games, and four three-strikeout games on the month. Despite the incredibly hot start, it's been tough sledding for Thames for an extended stretch now. He's batting just .210 since May 1. As a result, he'll give way to Jesus Aguilar at first base, despite right-hander Jameson Taillon taking the hill for the opposing Pirates.
Voit has seen his playing time cut back considerably since the return of Kolten Wong, but with Wong getting the day off and Matt Carpenter moving over to second to cover, first base will open up for Voit. He'll also be tabbed for the cleanup spot for the third time this season, as regular four hitter Jedd Gyorko will be getting the day off as well.
Bell is beginning to find his stroke at the plate in July, as he holds a .288/.362/.519 in the month. Nonetheless, he'll head the bench for his first night off since July 4. Jose Osuna will man first base in his place.
Freeman went 0-for-2 with a strikeout before he was replaced at first base by Matt Adams, though it seems he simply wasn't feeling well enough to keep playing. Consider the slugger day-to-day going forward and look for Johan Camargo to fill in as the third baseman if he's forced to miss extended time. The team would certainly miss Freeman's bat, as he owns a .304/.347/.587 slash line since returning from the disabled list.
The No. 7 overall pick out of Virginia has certainly made a strong impression in his first taste of professional ball, with Tuesday's five-hit effort boosting his line to .373/.429/.458 over 91 plate appearances. Given his high pedigree and status as a polished college bat, Smith was fully expected to rake at Hillsboro, so it's unlikely he'll stick around with the short-season affiliate for much longer. Until Smith faces more advanced pitching in the upper levels of the minors, it may be difficult to make a strong assessment of the 21-year-old's potential MLB outlook.
The four walks moved Goldschmidt up to fourth in the majors with 62 on the season, with the first baseman's 11 intentional free passes tying Bryce Harper for the league lead. Opposing pitchers may not have the luxury of working around Goldschmidt for much longer, as the Diamondbacks' acquisition Tuesday of slugger J.D. Martinez will provide another power threat in the heart of the order. Goldschmidt is projected to stick in his normal position in the three hole, while Martinez presumably settles into the cleanup spot.
Belt had missed the previous two games with a sprained wrist after being scratched from Sunday's game against San Diego. He will resume his duties at first base looking to improve on his .242 average at the plate now that he's back.
Playing in an American League park afforded the Nats the opportunity to get Lind's red-hot stick into the lineup as their designated hitter. He's now 7-for-10 since the All-Star break and has homered in each of his last two starts.
Southpaw Mike Montgomery is on the hill for the Cubs, meaning Freddie Freeman takes over at first base and Johan Camargo is starting at third. Adams is hitting a respectable .286 with a .556 slugging percentage this season, but obviously has some downside when he's only starting against right-handers. Expect him back in the lineup Thursday, when the Braves face Brandon McCarthy of the Dodgers.