"They're coming after him pretty hard right now," Maddon said of the way opponents are approaching Bryant. "To his credit, he's not swinging at everything, he's taking his walks. If he continues to do that, he'll continue to hit at a high pace. For right now, he's doing a nice job of not biting [at pitches out of the zone], and they keep trying to expand the strike zone, and he's not doing it."
Bryant has hit .379/.526/.517 with four doubles and seven RBI in 29 at-bats over his first eight games.
"It's not something I want to do, rest them," manager Ron Roenicke said, per MLB.com. "I need these guys in here playing, trying to win. But when someone tells me they need a day off, they need a day off."
Braun had started 15 straight games in right field coming into Sunday's action, but he'll get his first break from starting since April 8. He has hitjust .230/.277/.279 with one home run and four RBI in 61 at-bats.
"He's pressing like everybody is," Roenicke said. "They're frustrated they're not seeing better results. I think he's had a lot of really good at-bats but he doesn't have much to show for it."
Ramirez has started 16 of the team's 18 games at third base but will take a seat after making four straight starts. He's hit just .197/.197/.295 with one home run and six RBI in 61 at-bats.
"It's tough to do with both of them," Roenicke said. "You guys saw the lineup today. It's quite a bit different. In games we feel like we have to do everything we can to win, it's not what I want to do."
With Braun out of the lineup, Logan Schafer will play center field and bat second, while Gerardo Parra while shift to right field and bat third. Hector Gomez draws the start for Ramirez and will bat seventh.
The Brewers are home underdogs (+135) against the Cardinals Sunday.
Peterson has shared time at second base with Alberto Callaspo, who has also made eight starts at third base, and Phil Gosselin, leading to Peterson seeing just 11 of a possible 17 starts at the position. He's seen action all over the starting lineup, batting first or second in four of the team's first five games but spending most of his time batting seventh or eighth as of late.
Peterson has hit just .171/.239/.220 in 41 at-bats. He's starting at second base and batting sixth in Sunday's matchup with the Phillies, in which the Braves are underdogs (+100).
Desmond opened the season as the team's No. 6 batter but had slotted second for 10 straight games heading into Sunday's action. He has hit .333/.378/.500 in 42 at-bats out of the No. 2 spot this season. With the shortstop hitting lower in the order, third baseman Yunel Escobar will see his first action batting second since April 13.
The Nationals are favorites (-118) in Miami Sunday.
Asche has started 13 straight games at the hot corner but will get a break from starting in Sunday's series finale. Cesar Hernandez will make the start at third basem and bat sixth against the Braves.
The Phillies are favorites (-115) at home Sunday.
Uribe is now hitting .244 with three RBI in 45 at-bats this season.
The effort of the latter was particularly encouraging. Ramirez has emerged from a four-game hitless streak to hit safely in four of his last five. The multi-hit game was only his second since the opener.
Segura, on the other hand, has been pretty much raking all year. He has been the subject of trade rumors and his hot hitting can only raise his stock.
Wright, who is currently on the 15-day DL with the injury, is expected to begin testing his legs soon as the next step in his recovery process. The team is hopeful he can return before the end of April.
"We've got to get him to back off a little," Bochy said to CSN Bay Area. "Less is more. He's just trying so hard. You guys saw him (Friday night), he's taking it really hard. It's so early and we've got to get him going. He knocked in (76) runs last year. He can hit, and he's going to hit."
Trumbo had started four consecutive games for Arizona and will get the day off. Also out of the lineup Saturday is Yasmany Tomas, moving Aaron Hill back to third base. Tomas has started two games at third since being called up and is hitting .400 in 10 at-bats. Cliff Pennington also replaces Nick Ahmed at shortstop, who started the last nine games in a row.
The Diamondbacks are currently the underdogs (+120) against Pittsburgh.