Freeland Adds the Combo -- a Change and Slider -- and Becomes an Ace
By Jack Etkin
DENVE — As preposterous a it seem now, Kyle Freeland was the Rockies’ fifth starter when the Rockies set their Opening Day rotation.
They were confident he would improve upon his commendable rookie season in 2017 but could hardly envision his leaps-and-bounds progress that has made Freeland one of the better left-handers in the National League and the Rockies’ most dependable starter.
He’s 8-6 with a 3.11 ERA, which ranks seventh in the NL. A Denver native, Freeland has thrived at Coors Field where he’s 5-2 with a 2.76 ERA in eight starts, whittling his career ERA to 3.38, the third lowest in franchise history (minimum 100 innings).
Freeland has gone 8-3 with a 2.59 ERA in his past 15 starts, a stretch that dates from April 24 and includes a 13-start run that was astoundingly consistent, followed by two starts before the All-Star break that were more gritty than gaudy but said much about Freeland’s fortitude.
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