“Every game is important,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “You know what we try to do every day? Win.”
To that end, the Rockies will send rookie Kyle Freeland to the mound today. Freeland has posted a 4.91 ERA in his first three career starts, two of which have come at Coors Field. His manager weighed in on advice for the 23-year-old as he has began his big league career.
“I’d like to think the best piece of advice he’s been given is to keep the ball down,” Black said. “I like the fastball down as opposed to the head down.”
Freeland will be backed by what is a familiar Rockies lineup early in the season, with Gerardo Parra and Tony Wolters back to starting duties against Giants right-hander Jeff Samardzija.
Samardzija has had a rough start to 2017, with a 6.16 ERA in his first three outings. This will be his second consecutive start against the Rockies. He allowed four runs on eight hits in seven innings of work against Colorado last Sunday.
Former Rockie Nick Hundley makes his return to Coors Field today, catching and batting sixth as Buster Posey moves to first base this afternoon. Brandon Belt, who played first base in the first two games of the series, is in left field today as Denard Span is out of the San Francisco lineup after his collision with the center field wall yesterday. Gorkys Hernandez is in Span’s spot in center.
First pitch today is at 1:10 p.m. Mountain time.