Freeland (0-2) allowed nine runs (eight earned) on eight hits and a walk with two strikeouts in four-plus innings, taking the loss versus Cincinnati on Friday. Freeland allowed one home run in each of the first five innings -- he was relieved by Yency Almonte after Tyler Stephenson's solo shot led off the fifth inning. Friday was by far the worst of Freeland's four starts this year. The southpaw has struggled to a 9.00 ERA, 2.12 WHIP and 9:9 K:BB across 17 innings. A lack of better starting options on the major-league roster keeps Freeland in the rotation. He is projected for an unfavorable home start versus San Diego next week.
Freeland (0-1) took the loss against Oakland on Saturday, tossing five innings and allowing five runs on 10 hits and one walk. He struck out one. Freeland fell behind early, giving up a two-run homer to Matt Olson in the first inning. The southpaw gave up another homer and two total runs in the third, then surrendered another run in the fifth before departing. Freeland did pitch a season-high five frames, but he drove his ERA up to 6.23 with the rough outing. His next start is tentatively scheduled for Friday at Cincinnati.
Freeland allowed three runs on five hits and four walks while striking out one in four innings during Sunday's win over the Pirates. He didn't factor into the decision. Freeland gave up just one run in his season debut Tuesday, but he was slightly less effective against Pittsburgh. The southpaw tossed two scoreless innings to begin Sunday's game, but the Pirates were able to manufacture runs in the third and fourth innings prior to Freeland's removal. Freeland hasn't lasted more than two innings in either of his first two starts of the year and has had to settle for no-decisions in each appearance. He tentatively lines up to make his next start at home against the Athletics on Saturday.
Freeland did not factor into the decision during Tuesday's loss to the Mets after allowing one run on four hits and three walks while striking out five through four innings. Making his 2021 debut after getting sidelined by a left shoulder strain during spring training, Freeland turned in a solid outing. Although he was pitching against an injury-riddled Mets lineup, the left-hander coughed up just one run in the first frame, allowing a leadoff single and a walk that led to an RBI groundout by James McCann. Overall, he threw 74 pitches, including 38 strikes. The 28-year-old is projected to make his second start of the season Sunday at Pittsburgh.
The Rockies reinstated Freeland (shoulder) from the 10-day injured list prior to his start Tuesday against the Mets. Colorado optioned reliever Lucas Gilbreath to Triple-A Albuquerque following Monday's series opener to clear room on the 26-man active roster for Freeland. The 28-year-old southpaw will be making his 2021 debut in Flushing after he required nearly two months of rehab for a left shoulder strain sustained late in spring training. Freeland built up to 79 pitches and six innings in his final rehab start with Albuquerque on Thursday, so he shouldn't face any major restrictions in Tuesday's outing.
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