The next to suffer in a long line of injuries for the Rockies is star pitcher Kyle Freeland, who has a blister on a finger on his throwing hand. The team wants to play it safe and make sure this injury can heal properly before asking Freeland to pitch again. He’ll be eligible to play again versus the Milwaukee Brewers on the road. This is his first time being out for an injury since August 2017, when he had a groin strain. As Freeland goes on the IL, Tyler Anderson comes off, but he continues to struggle against the long ball.
The bullpen has been a recent focus of Jeff Bridich and the Rockies. They’ve spent a lot on trying to build an unstoppable bullpen, but this hasn’t really been the case. Adam Ottavino was fantastic, but the Rockies chose not to bring him back for the 2019 season. Bryan Shaw, Jake McGee, and Wade Davis have all had their issues, but the Rockies are hoping for some return on investment and did not spend much on any new pitchers. In the early days of this season, the bullpen has done a pretty good job of ending games. However, hitters are hitting the balls off relievers very hard. The Rockies also have the fourth-lowest BABIP. For the relievers, the strikeout rate has dropped and the walk rate has increased. Overall, the Rockies are showing some regression from the past couple seasons. The Rockies don’t have to worry too much, as it’s still too early to really read these numbers, but they should be working on making a few adjustments to remedy these falling statistics.
Kyle Freeland is definitely a favorite for Rockies fans in Denver. The local boy was honored today as his high school retired his no. 21 jersey. Freeland has remained involved with local youth, doing a Winter Caravan visit to his primary school and holding a youth baseball camp coming up in July.
Another big Nolan Arenado moment…
On the Farm
Yonathan Daza (no. 14 PuRP) had another good day with the Isotopes, with a double, triple, and home run. Daniel Murphy got some playing time in, indicating his return to the Rockies is drawing near.