Flash all the way back to spring training with me if you will and remember the words of Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Kyle Freeland.
"“We can be extremely good — if we can be consistent,” Freeland said back in March, speaking about him and the other members of the Rockies rotation. “It falls on us to show up every day, giving the team a chance to win every single night, no matter who we’re playing…We have to be able to go out and show that we can be consistent.”"
Now, four months later, Colorado Rockies pitcher Kyle Freeland is showing exactly what consistency looks like on the mound.
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After allowing just five hits and one run in seven innings on the road against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night, the southpaw once again flashed the skills that burst him onto the national scene with a run at the National League Cy Young Award in 2018.
And those skills have been on, borrowing Freeland’s term here, consistent display over his last six outings. In 35 innings, Freeland has posted a 2.06 ERA and has allowed one run or less in four of those outings. He’s also walked just seven while striking out 34.
Part of that stretch includes Freeland dealing with a blister issue on his left middle finger. However, after dealing against the Dodgers on Saturday night, Freeland said that looked to be behind him.
Freeland told reporters after the game that “felt good for the first time in a long time.” If Rockies fans have learned anything since Freeland made his debut in 2017, it’s when he says something, there is meaning behind it. Saying that about his health and his feeling on the mound should give Rockies fans a boost heading into a week when plenty of rumors will be flying about the team (and some trades could actually happen).
But whatever happens with the trade deadline, Freeland will take the mound later in the week looking to build upon a solid, consistent stretch.