Kyle Freeland sat quietly before Friday’s Colorado Rockies game. The Denver kid watched as his club got the St. Louis Cardinals loss they needed. Then he went up to the dugout and watched Max Scherzer hold court with MLB Network.
What Freeland would do later is deal six innings of two-run ball for the Colorado Rockies in a huge late season game.
Freeland became the franchise he grew up rooting for’s single season ERA leader, finishing with a 2.85. He topped Ubaldo Jimenez‘ mark of 2.88 for the 2010 season. Although Marvin Freeman had a 2.80 ERA in 1994, the strike-shortened season cost him the ability to qualify.
Just as Freeland took in his day — and the day where the Rockies had a chance to clinch a postseason berth in consecutive years for the first time in franchise history — Freeland set the mark quietly.
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He doesn’t have the 100 mph speeder or the insane spinner, but what he does have is guts and a tattoo of mountains that shows to the world who he is and where he’s from.
Colorado built, Colorado’s best.
The Denver native graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School and was selected with the eight overall pick of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft. His debut was the 2017 home opener and, on the day, he set a standard that has continued of owning Coors Field.
Freeland’s 3.04 career ERA in Denver is the lowest home ERA in franchise history (min. 100 innings pitched).
He has not lost in Denver since June 10, going 6-0 (tonight’s win pending) with a 2.14 ERA. And the Rockies winning all nine starts … and it’s looking like it could be 10.
Among National League pitchers, he is tied for first in home wins (nine) and came into tonight third in home ERA at 2.36 before his start.
Even outside of Coors Field, he’s been on fire. His season ERA, which landed him the Rockies record, is fourth in the National League with a 2.85 ERA.
And his second-half ERA is the second-lowest in franchise history, the lowest by a starter, and one of three 2018 Rockies among the club’s top 10 along with Scott Oberg (2.20, first) and German Márquez (2.55, third).
Most importantly, the Rockies simply do not lose with him on the mound. Since July 2, Colorado has won 14 of his past 16 starts.
Mark it down. The Colorado record is now held by a Coloradoan.