Saturday by Comparison: Desmond Has Become a Hit for Freeland

In the aftermath of the Friday night victory in Atlanta, in which Ian Desmond went 3-for-5 with five RBI, Desmond made it clear it wasn't a total surprise. Kyle Freeland, after all, was pitching.

"It seems when Kile pitches I play well," said Desmond. "He's a competitor. He believes in himself. We can feel off his energy."

Maybe it is a coincidence, but after struggling in April, Desmond has definitely flourished with Freeland as the starting pitcher.  He is hitting .309 with Freeland as the starting pitcher since the calendar turned to May. In all other games this season he has hit .221.

Free to Have an Impact

Date Opponent AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI
5/6/2018 @NYM W 3-2 4 2 2 0 0 2 2
5/12/2018 Mil W 4-0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/18/2018 @SF W 6-1 4 1 2 1 0 1 4
5/23/2018 @LAD L 3-0 4 0 1 0 0 0 0
5/29/2018 SF W 11-4 5 2 2 1 0 0 1
6/5/2018 @Cin W 9-6 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
6/10/2018 Ari L 8-3 4 0 2 0 0 0 2
6/16/2018 @Tex L 5-2 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
6/21/2018 NYM W 6-4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
6/27/2018 @SF L 1-0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
7/2/2018 SF W 5-2 3 0 1 0 0 0 0
7/7/2018 @Sea W 5-1 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
7/12/2018 Ari W 5-1 3 1 1 1 0 0 0
7/21/2018 @Ari W 6-5 4 1 2 0 1 0 1
7/27/2018 Oak W 3-1 4 0 1 0 0 0 1
8/1/2018 @StL L 6-3 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
8/6/2018 Pit W 2-0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
8/11/2018 LAD W 3-2 4 1 0 0 0 0 0
Friday @Atl W 11-5 5 1 3 0 1 0 5
AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI
Freeland Avg: .309 69 14 21 3 1 3 16
Others Avg: .221 349 48 77 10 6 16 49
Totals Avg. .234 418 62 98 13 7 19 65

Is it an omen? The Rockies are off to the third best start in franchise history at 66-56. The Rockies qualified for the post-season in four of their first 25 years, and at the 122 game mark those teams have the four best records in franchise history. The Rockies are current wedged between the two -- trailing 2009 and 2017, when the Rockies were 68-54 both times, and just ahead of 1995 (64-58) and 2007 (63-59).

A Clue to the Future?

Year W L W-L% RS RA Rdiff Twl Rank Postseason
2017 68 54 .557 641 584 57 87-75 3 Wildcard
2009 68 54 .557 614 536 78 92-70 2 Wildcard
2018 66 56 .541 573 589 -16 66-56 2
1995 64 58 .525 661 660 1 77-67 2 Wildcard
2007 63 59 .516 624 584 40 90-73 2 NL Pennant
1996 62 60 .508 726 729 -3 83-79 3
2010 62 60 .508 565 534 31 83-79 3
2003 61 61 .500 662 642 20 74-88 4
2000 60 62 .492 735 688 47 82-80 4
2016 59 63 .484 647 629 18 75-87 3
2006 59 63 .484 560 539 21 76-86 4
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