Freeland: A Daytime Delight, Home and Road
Some things are just better off accepted than explained.
Things like Rockies lefthander Kyle Freeland’s daytime success, particularly at Coors Field.
Freeland gets the start for the Rockies in Sunday’s series finale against the Braves.
Big deal? Could be. A win gives the Rockies a series win. The two teams split the first two games of the series, the Rockies pulling out a 3-2, 10-inning walk on Saturday night when Tony Wolters drew a bases-loaded walk.
And who better to turn to in that situation than Freeland, who on the Sunday before the All-Star Break, had a no-hitter for 8 1/3 innings of a Coors Field day time start against the White Sox.
Crunch these numbers:
-- Freeland was 6-3 with a 2.53 in 10 starts at Coors Field last season, the Rockies going 7-3 in those games. Overall, he was 9-4 in day games, the Rockies going 11-4 when he started a day game.
-- In day games started by someone other than Freeland, the Rockies were 24-19 overall, but just 9-10 with a 5.81 ERA at Coors Field.
So it’s not that Coors Field is a monster easily tamed in the daytime. Freeland, who makes his first daytime start of 2018 Sunday, has enjoyed abnormal success.
“I wish I could offer an explanation,” Rockies pitching coach Steve Foster said. “I don’t think there is any secret behind it. The guy wakes up and he’s ready to go. He’s young and he’s energized when he gets up in the morning.”
What would seem to come into play is that Freeland isn’t intimidated by the reputation of Coors Field.
He is, after all, a native of Denver, born 39 days after the Rockies first-game ever, against the Mets at Shea Stadium on April, 5, 1993, just a couple of miles away from Mile High Stadium, which the Rockies called home in their first two years of existence.
The Thomas Jefferson High School graduate was the eighth player taken in the 2014 draft after pitching for three years at the University of Evansville.