News: Markakis will be the Braves' leadoff hitter for the foreseeable future, at least against righties, MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports.
Impact: Manager Fredi Gonzalez is often doing strange things with his lineup, but this move actually makes sense, as Markakis has a .359 career OBP and is getting on base at a ridiculous .444 clip in 63 plate appearances. In the leadoff role, Markakis should get a few more at-bats per month and should be able to score more runs than if he was hitting in the middle of the Braves' lineup.
Impact: There does not seem to be much rhyme or reason to when Maybin gets the day off, as he got the start Friday with a righty on the mound, but that was his only start of the last four games. Eric Young will get the start Saturday in center field, and the unpredictability surrounding Maybin's playing time is making it difficult to rely on him in shallower leagues at the moment.
Impact: Johnson has been pretty productive so far this season, and given how weak the Braves' collection of third-base options are, it is a little puzzling that he will be sitting for the second time in three games. Kelly Johnson will get the start at third base Saturday.