Colorado Rockies: 3 players who will underperform in 2018
The next Rockie that won’t produce in the 2018 season is the hometown kid, Kyle Freeland. Freeland surpassed expectations last year as he came in and went 11-11 with a 4.10 ERA as a rookie.
The Rockies young rotation is scary. They have a lot of talent, but they are also very young and inexperienced. This is true of Freeland.
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The Colorado native won’t be able to pitch like he did this past season. He is going to face the dreaded “sophomore slump.” With how well he pitched this past season, there will be a lot of expectations for him to do the same. Unfortunately, I see him and possibly some of the other arms trying to do too much leading to them underperforming.
Now does it help that former pitcher, Bud Black, is managing the group, of course. Oh and also if the Rockies re-sign catcher, Jonathan Lucroy, they have a veteran catcher behind the plate. These factors will obviously go into this.
However, there were a lot of rookie arms that pitched far better than anyone could have expected, but it’s hard seeing all of them continue that level of success they had in 2017. There will be a couple that don’t pitch like they did last year and I’m taking Kyle Freeland.