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Rockies news and links for October 4, 2018

Tuesday was your introduction to Kyle Freeland | SB Nation
Fans of the Colorado Rockies need no introduction to Kyle Freeland. But Rockies fans have been calling for the Denver native to gain more national attention throughout the year. The 2018 National League Wild Card Game, which Freeland started on short rest, certainly put him into the spotlight. The talented left-hander dazzled for 6 2/3 scoreless innings, striking out six and walking only one. It remains to be seen just how many Cy Young votes Freeland will receive, but he has undoubtedly made a name for himself. Matt Collins has the details in SB Nation’s Say Hey Baseball (which is what the main site version Rockpiles).

Kyle Freeland Is A New Kind Of Rockies Pitcher | Deadspin
Tom Ley of Deadspin is also giving Freeland some much-deserved love. Ley calls Freeland “the kind of player the Rockies have never had before in the entire history of their franchise.” According to the Game Score, Freeland delivered the best-pitched game in Rockies’ postseason history on Tuesday evening. Part of this is because the Rockies haven’t had a ton of postseason games to sample from, but part of this is that Freeland could very well be the best pitcher that the Rockies have run out to the mound in any playoff game.

13 reasons to love being a Rockies fan right now | Cut4
Michael Clair of Cut4 has 13 reasons why rooting for the Rockies is in season! From the purple jerseys to hometown hero Freeland to Dinger to Chad Bettis striking out cancer, this is one likable team.

BSN Rockies Podcast: Colorado wins the Wild Card | BSN Denver
In the latest episode of the BSN Rockies Podcast, Drew Creasman recaps the Wild Card Game, from Freeland’s dominance to Tony Wolters’ heroics to some key late outs from Scott Oberg.

Rockies Reactions

In case you missed it, Rockies players were (understandably) feeling pretty good after Tuesday’s wild win. @ATTSportsNetRM captured some of their reactions.

Here’s AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain’s Jenny Cavnar interviewing Nolan Arenado, who was brought to tears of joy after experiencing his first postseason victory.

Inside the clubhouse, the goggles were on and the celebration really began! Charlie Blackmon revealed that he called it! He knew Wolters was going to come through with the big hit. Just like all of us, right?

DJ LeMahieu is known for being soft-spoken, but he had Chuck Nazty around in case he ran out of things to say.

Here’s hoping to celebrating another win against the Milwaukee Brewers tonight!