The Braves and Rockies are back at it for Game Three of a weekend set at Coors Field. The Braves give Game One hero Travis d’Arnaud a day off in lieu of William Contreras; Marcell Ozuna drops to sixth. At this point I have no idea what the Braves are doing with their lineup, but that’s a minor concern in the grand scheme of things.
A Saturday start for @SpencerSTRIDer! #ForTheA pic.twitter.com/TwAHKcqQX0— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) June 4, 2022
Ozuna hasn’t hit sixth in a lineup since April of 2017, when he was with the Marlins. He has a garish .299 wOBA/88 wRC+/-0.2 fWAR, but his .357 xwOBA is pretty good... though notably worse than everyone else in the lineup today for the Braves except Ozzie Albies, Adam Duvall, and Michael Harris II.
It’s a novel defensive arrangement for the Braves, as they’ve never done Contreras catching, Harris in center, and Ozuna DHing yet this season.
The Rockies will shuffle things up a bit. Charlie Blackmon and Connor Joe switch spots at the top of the order, and Ryan McMahon slides ahead of Brendan Rodgers. This is a lot fewer lefties than the Diamondbacks threw at Spencer Strider; the Rockies are not starting bench lefty outfielder Sam Hilliard, who actually has a .330 xwOBA (but .264 wOBA) this year; that’s a better xwOBA than Randal Grichuk has this year, and Grichuk’s outputs this season (88 wRC+) are largely based on him pounding lefties.
#Rockies lineup card vs. #Braves. pic.twitter.com/LmKKjzj89D— Thomas Harding (@harding_at_mlb) June 4, 2022
While this is a novel lineup for Colorado, they’ve used these nine guys in these positions in four games so far this season, and are 1-3 in them.