Freeland allowed three runs on five hits -- including a homer -- over 4.2 innings in a minor-league game Sunday, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports. He issued two walks and did not strike out a batter.
The goose egg in the strikeout category (against mostly Triple-A competition) highlights the lack of dominance with Freeland, who averaged just 6.2 K/9 in 156 innings last season. His groundball rate helps him survive in Coors Field, and Freeland should have a rotation spot with Jeff Hoffman down with a shoulder injury, but all that contact makes Freeland a risky roll on a start-by-start basis. Pick your spots carefully.
Freeland began his offseason throwing program two weeks later in an attempt to stay fresh later into the 2018 season, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
The southpaw was one of the biggest surprises for Colorado last season (4.10 ERA, 11 wins), but he faded a bit at the end of the season and even spent some time in the minors as a result. As a result, he altered his offseason throwing program just a bit to combat that issue. Heading into 2018, Freeland is focused on grabbing a rotation spot, and ideally this new approach will help him maintain such a role for the whole season. Only time will tell if he can be as effective this season, however.
Freeland (11-11) allowed two runs on five hits and a walk through just three innings to take the loss against the Dodgers on Sunday.
This was Freeland's first start since taking a line drive off his shoulder Sept. 11, as he made his past four appearances out of the bullpen. The 24-year-old lefty will finish his rookie campaign with a 4.10 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 6.2 K/9, which are respectable numbers for a rookie that pitched 87 of his 156 innings at Coors Field. However, even following an encouraging freshman showing, turning to Colorado starters is usually a risky fantasy undertaking in most settings. Freeland probably shouldn't be viewed as a priority entering 2018.
Freeland will start Sunday's game against the Dodgers.
Tyler Anderson was originally scheduled to start Sunday's game, but after the Rockies secured a Wild Card berth Saturday, they'll shake things up and put Freeland on the mound instead for the regular season finale. The southpaw will shift back to the bullpen following his Sunday spot start.
Freeland will have his start against the Padres on Saturday skipped, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
Freeland exited his last start after being hit by a liner, and while he's apparently healthy enough to make his next start, his recent struggles prompted the Rockies to give the ball to Tyler Anderson instead. He owns a respectable 4.03 ERA in 27 starts this season, but the 24-year-old has faltered in three September outings, allowing 10 runs (eight earned) with a 9:9 K:BB through 10.1 innings. It's unclear if he'll rejoin the rotation after Saturday, though even if he doesn't, Freeland could still see some starts down the stretch should an opportunity arise.
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