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Camargo in at short for Rockies series opener

Dansby Swanson will grab some bench for the start of the series.

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Here’s the handy dandy Statcast preview graphic for tonight’s series-opening tilt between the Braves and Rockies.

While likely just a routine day of rest for Dansby Swanson, the Braves are showing a fair bit of faith in starting Camargo against two consecutive right-handers. In addition, Max Fried is, at least theoretically, a groundball pitcher, so Camargo’s range and aptitude at shortstop may be tested fairly often, though the Rockies being relatively less prone to groundballs may mitigate this to a large extent.

The Rockies have been dreadful against left-handed pitching so far, which bodes well for Max Fried. Tonight’s lineup features only four position player righties for Fried to deal with, and one of them is Drew Butera, Colorado’s backup catcher. The righty-hitting Garrett Hampson represents another option for the Rockies, but he’s been so bad that he’s been benched in favor of lefty-swinging Ryan McMahon. Mark Reynolds is also out of the lineup in favor of Daniel Murphy.

The Braves’ bats have a smattering of experience against Antonio Senzatela, none of it very large. But, he’s never retired Ronald Acuña Jr. in his career, so that’s fun. The Rockies, meanwhile, have a similar tiny sample set of experience against Fried, including his start against them in Denver earlier this season, but there’s not much to comment on. Fried has never retired Mark Reynolds, and Trevor Story once homered off of him. Ian Desmond knocked in the only run against Fried in Denver; Pat Valaika drew the only walk. Fried allowed no extra-base hits in that contest.

This is the first time this season the Rockies are using this assortment of players in their starting lineup, and therefore this batting order. This is Camargo’s second start at short on the year, and the first time the Braves have used this particular lineup, as the last time Camargo was in at short, Ender Inciarte batted seventh ahead of Tyler Flowers.

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