Kyle Freeland (2-1, 2.56 ERA) vs. Dustin May (1-1, 3.00 ERA)
The Colorado Rockies and Los Angele Dodgers meet for the second time in this three-game series on Saturday at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers handled their business on Friday with a 5-1 win. Walker Buehler was in his best form of the season, as he dazzled on the bump to confuse the Rockies throughout the night.
Buehler completed 6 innings with just 4 hits and 1 earned run conceded. He probably could have gone deeper into the game, but the Dodgers were being cautious with Buehler and didn’t want him to unravel. His confidence wasn’t too high prior to yesterday, and leaving on a high note Friday night was in his best interest.
Now if only the Dodgers can get Ross Stripling on track. If Buehler continues to heat up, Stripling will be the only pitcher in the rotation who is cold at the moment. A lot of teams in the major leagues wish they had that problem. The Dodgers’ rotation is still one of the most feared in baseball, even if Stripling has to be demoted to the bullpen.
The Dodgers head into the weekend with a record of 20-8. That gives them a four-game advantage on the San Diego Padres in the NL West. As much attention as the Padres are getting right now because of Fernando Tatis Jr., the Dodgers are the team to beat in the division. The Rockies are falling fast and hard after spending some time at the top of the NL West.
Colorado had a slim lead on the Dodgers for a minute, but that has evaporated into thin air. The Rockies suddenly find themselves six games behind the Dodgers. They enter Saturday with a record of 13-13 and are in danger of missing out on the postseason completely.
It’s imperative that the Rockies don’t allow this to snowball, but their schedule isn’t going to be easy in the second-half. Kyle Freeland is expected to get the call for the visitors tonight. Gingergaard, Dustin May, is likely to counter for the Dodgers. Head below for our free Colorado Rockies v. LA Dodgers pick for August 22, 2020.
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The Rockies will send out Kyle Freeland who is on pace to prove that last season was a fluke. If you recall, Freeland had a coming out party in 2018 with the Rockies. He pitched like a guy ready to take on an ace role with the Rockies. Freeland was the best performing member of the Rockies’ pitching staff.
He finished the season with an ERA of 2.85 and 1.25 WHIP. Everything that went well for Freeland two years ago, went horribly wrong the following year in 2019. Freeland was demoted to the minors, and ultimately ended the 2019 campaign with a 6.73 ERA and 1.58 WHIP.
Freeland worked hard on his form in the minors and he’s back to 2018 mode this season. At least thus far, as Freeland goes into Dodger Stadium on Saturday with a 2.56 ERA and 1.11 WHIP. Batters were hitting .296 against Freeland a season ago, but he’s cut that down to a .241 average this season.
He has allowed 2 or fewer runs in four out of five starts, with no more than 3 runs conceded in any game. That’s much different from the Freeland we saw get bombed consistently last summer. In any case, Freeland has a tough matchup on the road Saturday against the top ranked offense in the majors.
The Dodgers lead the league with an average of 5.57 runs scored per game. They are hitting .283 with a .345 OBP in 120 at-bats versus Freeland. There are six Dodgers hitting better than .300 against Freeland. After a day off, Mookie Betts is expected to be back in the lineup for the Dodgers today.
Dustin May heads to the hill with an ERA of 3.00 and 1.25 WHIP. He looks like the most impressive pitcher in the major at times, but can occasionally allow innings to get sideways on him. That said, May is a dependable 22-year old who hasn’t given up more than 2 runs in a game this season.
While the Rockies might be sixth in runs scored, they depend heavily on their friendly hitter’s park in Denver. They’ve scored 6.4 runs per game at home as opposed to 3.64 per game on the road. The Rockies are the 25th best road offense in the majors. May should be strong on Saturday night in LA. The Rockies are trending in the wrong direction right now, and likely won’t find any relief this weekend at Dodger Stadium.