Ezequiel Tovar leading off for Rockies against lefty
Colorado Rockies infielder Ezequiel Tovar will start at shortstop and bat leadoff on Tuesday against left-hander Blake Snell and the San Diego Padres.
Tovar is moving up a spot while the left-handed hitting Charlie Blackmon relinquishes leadoff duty against a southpaw. Brendan Rodgers is hitting second for the Rockies. Tovar has a .253 batting average and .737 OPS against lefties this season.
Per numberFire's MLB Heat Map, the Rockies have the lowest implied total on the board (2.88) and the game total is a deflated 7.5. Cy Young favorite Snell has led all qualified starters in ERA (1.33), FIP (2.80), hard-hit rate (30.8%), and batting average allowed (1.61) while ranking second in strikeout rate (34.5%) and fourth in barrel rate (5.1%) since May 25th.
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