As expected, Andrelton Simmons will hit lead-off, followed by Jason Heyward, who climbed the lineup last year and actually hit in the third spot a good portion of the year. The newly acquired Justin Upton and B.J. Upton will hit third and clean-up with Brian McCann (when healthy) finishing the top part of the order.
'When you have B.J. and Justin and a healthy McCann, that's the middle of your lineup,'' Gonzalez said. ''It doesn't matter who is pitching against you that night. Those are your three. Having those three there, it's going to be a little easier.''
Freddie Freeman, Dan Uggla and whoever is playing third, whether that's Juan Francisco or Chris Johnson, will finish one of the most potent batting orders in the National League.
Gonzalez's primary lineup won't be used on Opening Day with McCann expected to miss the first couple of weeks after offseason shoulder surgery, meaning Gerald Laird will start in his place lower in the order.
Gonzalez used 107 different lineups in 2012.
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