The Colorado Rockies got back on track yesterday thanks to a solid performance by Jon Gray. If Gray doesn’t show up and pitch well, the Rockies are looking at avoiding a sweep Sunday. They need to win today just to get a split, though, as the Padres took the first two games over the Rockies. This should have been a weekend for the Rockies to close the gap in the wildcard race, but they are going to have to win Sunday to salvage a couple of wins against the Padres.
The bad losses add up over time and the Rockies can’t afford bad losses at this point in the season. The Rockies are currently 2.5 behind for the final wildcard in the National League. They’re also hanging tough with the Diamondbacks and Dodgers for the National League West crown. So close, yet so far right now for Colorado.
The Dodgers won yesterday to get in a tie with the Diamondbacks for the top of the division. The Rockies are 0.5 games back, so the Dodgers and Diamondbacks have somebody else to worry about as well. Even though they dropped their first two against the Padres, and have gone 2-4 in their last six games, the Rockies are right there and could be a game away from taking the lead.
That’s not going to happen today with the Diamondbacks and Dodgers playing again on Sunday. However, they can stay within a game and possibly take the lead this week. After today, they head back up for a winnable series against the Giants. Then things are going to get a little intense after that, with two home series against the Dodgers and D-Backs. The Rockies are going to have them where they want them, we’ll see if they execute. For Sunday, though, they wrap up their series against the Padres. Get our free Rockies vs. Padres pick below.
Colorado Rockies vs. San Diego Padres Pick
Kyle Freeland (12-7, 2.90 ERA) vs. Jacob Nix (2-2, 4.05 ERA)
Kyle Freeland has been a nice weapon for the Rockies in their rotation this season. You won’t hear his name called very much in the media, mainly because he isn’t playing on the Yankees or Dodgers, but either of those teams would like him in their stable. Freeland has been one of the most underrated pitchers over the last month, as he heads into Sunday with an ERA of 1.85 in his last seven tilts.
He’s given up just 9 runs across 43.2 innings of work. Freeland gave up more than 3 runs only once during that stretch of success. Further, he holds a 1.96 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in his last three. He’s been pitching as good as the Rockies could have hoped for. After a 4.10 ERA as a rookie in 2017, Freeland has elevated his game in his second-year.
Rookie Jacob Nix made a recent appearance against the Rockies. He gave up 5 hits and 3 runs in 5 innings in Denver. It wasn’t good enough, with the Padres falling 6-2 back on August 22nd. Nix posted a 5.79 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in his last three starts. He got out of some jams against the Mariners to give up just 1 run across 8.1 innings. Nix did surrender 8 hits, though, so it was more of a matter of the Mariners failing to come up with clutch hits. I think the Rockies will be able to get the clutch hits in San Diego this afternoon, though. They should get the win behind a dominant performance by Kyle Freeland, as they put more pressure on the Diamondbacks and Dodgers.