The bats are hot (see Charlie Blackmon’s 14-game hitting streak and MLB-leading .484 batting average, Nolan Arenado going 4-for-4 on Monday night, or the team’s MLB-leading .270 batting average). The Rockies (11-5) just need to get the pitching back to 2020 form and Kyle Freeland will look to do that this evening against the Diamondbacks (7-10). The Rockies enter the game with a half-game lead over the Dodgers for first place in the NL West.
In three starts, Freeland has a 2-0 record, a 2.41 ERA, and a 1.071 WHIP after giving up five earned runs in 18 2⁄3 innings with 11 strikeouts and six walks. Freeland has pitched at least six innings in all three of his starts this season, despite getting a no decision in his last outing — a 6-4 win over the Giants. He was pulled with the Rockies trailing 3-1, but his teammates rallied back to score five runs in the bottom of the frame to give Yency Almonte his first victory of the year.
Right-handed pitcher Zac Gallen — who has posted a 2.81 ERA in 16 innings over three starts, with 21 strikeouts, seven walks, and a 1.250 WHIP — will start for Arizona. The Diamondbacks have won all three games where Gallen started on the mound, but he has yet to earn a decision. Gallen has faced the Rockies twice in his young career with both games coming in August of 2019. He has a 2.70 ERA against the Rockies, but despite not earning decisions, the Diamondbacks won both games he started against Colorado.
Start Time: 6:40 p.m. MT
TV: AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain; MLB.tv
Radio: KOA 850 AM/94.1 FM; KNRV 1150 (Spanish)
Keep it rolling. #RattleOn pic.twitter.com/ctcevd7xAo— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) August 11, 2020
Rockies ️ Dbacks Coors Field— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) August 11, 2020
You know it's gonna be another battle. Let's gooooo! pic.twitter.com/woxs7lJqVL