Rockies pitcher Christian Friedrich has hit his stride with his slider as he continues to build upon a strong performance from last season after being moved to the bullpen, MLB.com reports. "I saw a real good slider, the slider we saw last September -- the one that disappears, especially to left-handed hitters," manager Walt Weiss said. "He's in a good place. Maybe the velocity is not quite what it was when we saw him in September. It's ticking up. But the slider is a swing-and-miss pitch." Friedrich has surrendered just one earned run in six innings while striking out two batters and walking two. "The hard thing that every pitcher does when they feel they've got the stuff is, they want to show everybody they've got the stuff," Friedrich said. "I've had games where I was teetering on the edge of, 'I feel really good tonight; let's see what comes out,' then there's a lack of execution. As a starter, some days the two-seamer was 87, 88 [mph]. Now it's coming out harder, 90 [or] 91."
The Rockies have promoted pitcher Christian Friedrich and catcher Jackson Williams from Triple-A Colorado Springs. Friedrich is coming up despite a 7.00 ERA at that level and 9.45 ERA in three starts with Colorado. Williams owns a stat line of .256/.353/.368 with the Sky Sox.
Rockies pitcher Christian Friedrich was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs Thursday, to make room on the active roster for Nolan Arenado's return from the disabled list. Sending Friedrich down opens up a spot in the rotation for the Rockies, as he was set to start Sunday against the Dodgers. The team's plans are not yet known.
Rockies pitcher Christian Friedrich took a loss Tuesday after giving up five earned runs on five hits and four walks in just 3 1/3 innings and striking out three in his team's 7-1 defeat against the Nationals. Friedrich (0-3) gave up three runs in the first inning, and the Nationals were able to score four more in the fourth, with two of those runs getting charged to the starter. His outings have gotten progressively worse, and he's lost all three of his starts with the major-league club. Friedrich owns a 9.45 ERA and 14:8 K:BB ratio in 13 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Dodgers Sunday.
Rockies pitcher Christian Friedrich was hit hard again Thursday, in a 7-4 loss to the Brewers. After allowing four earned runs in six innings in his first start of the season -- also against the Brewers -- Friedrich had trouble yet again this time around. He was charged with five runs on nine hits in four innings of work this time around, though he did strike out eight batters while walking just one on 87 pitches. Friedrich has lost each of his two starts since joining the Rockies' rotation, while allowing nine earned runs in 10 innings. His next turn in the rotation is set for Tuesday in Washington.