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Colorado Rockies game No. 17 thread: Zac Gallen vs. Kyle Freeland

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Rockies need a quality start from Freeland to get back on track

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 23 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)

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