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In Tuesday’s start in Boston, Freeland gave up three home runs, the second time this month he has surrendered three homers in a start. He did complete six innings and recorded a Game Score of 54, tied for his third-highest Game Score of the season … so there’s the positive side of it.
But the positives dried up quickly after that.
On Sunday in Philadelphia, Freeland had the shortest non-injury outing of his career, lasting just 1.2 innings as he gave up four hits and three earned runs and threw just 65 pitches. The outing saw his ERA grow to 6.02 on the season, one year after finishing fourth in the National League Cy Young voting.
This season, 28 of the 35 runs (and 10 of the 12 home runs) Freeland has allowed have come in the first three innings of the game. That means the Rockies are often battling from behind with Freeland on the mound this season, and that’s not a good sign on any level.