Coors Field always provides plenty of fun in the summer when it gets hot and humid. The ball jumps off the bat and it becomes a wiffle ball park. You will routinely see totals at 11 and 12 in Denver, and even some 13’s like I saw last night. It couldn’t have been set high enough, because it wasn’t even close with a final score of 12-7 for the Diamondbacks. The high totals scare off some people, but at Coors the numbers are justified. This park also does a nice job of scaring pitchers away from signing with the Rockies, but Rockies’ starter on Sunday, Kyle Freeland, seems to like it here.
With the win, the D-Backs took a second victory in a row over the Rockies. A win would complete the sweep for the Diamondbacks. They advanced to 34-29 on Saturday, which gives them a 2-game lead on the Dodgers in the National League West. The Dodgers started slow and are beginning to rebound, so it’s not going to be an easy ride the next few months.
The loss pushed the Rockies back a bit to .500 at 32-32. It’s just always tough to attract top-flight pitchers to come to Denver in free agency. The altitude turns guys off as they don’t want the inflated numbers. In other words, they need to draft wisely. Kyle Freeland will get the nod for the Rockies today. Freeland was drafted by the Rockies in the first-round back in 2014. He got his first taste of the majors a year ago and was fine with a 4.10 ERA in 28 starts. Zack Godley will counter for the Diamondbacks and coming off his worst start of the year. Head below for our free Diamondbacks vs. Rockies pick.
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Colorado Rockies Pick
Zack Godley (5-5, 5.12 ERA) vs. Kyle Freeland (6-5, 3.48 ERA)
Kyle Freeland is one of those rare pitchers who finds pitching in Colorado absolutely fine. In fact, he’s pitching much better at home than on the road. Freeland enters with an ERA of 2.19 at home. He hasn’t allowed more than 3 runs per start. In his last 13 innings pitched at Coors Field, Freeland has surrendered 3 runs in total. Outside of a couple lackluster starts earlier in April, he’s been holding up well for the Rockies. He has held the D-Backs to just 5 hits in 23 attempts for a .217 batting average. Pitching in Denver isn’t anything new to him. He is a resident of Denver, so dealing with the weather has been something he’s had to deal with since he was a kid. If there is any pitcher who would be happy to get drafted by the Rockies, it’d be Freeland.
It’s an important start for Zack Godley, who must respond after getting based around by the San Francisco Giants. Coming off a start in which he allowed 7 runs, he needs a bounce back outing. He likely didn’t want to see the Rockies in Colorado on the docket, though. In any case, Godley does have a pretty good history against the Rockies, but at the same time, isn’t pitching like the same guy from 2017. He holds an ERA of 7.08 with a 1.92 WHIP and .449 OBA on the road. In his last three starts, Godley has faltered miserably with a 10.66 ERA and 2.21 WHIP. The Rockies likely get a win back tonight after the loss on Saturday. We aim for another winner, in the midst of a 14-1 run following a couple more winning baseball picks on Saturday.