Joey Lucchesi (0-0, 4.91 ERA) vs. Kyle Freeland (1-0, 3.00 ERA)
The San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies had an entertaining night at Coors Field on Friday. Coors Field lived up to expectations, as a total of 15 runs were scored in a 8-7 win for the Padres. The game got wild in the 9th with the Padres leading off in the top half of the inning with 4 runs. It was a big come from behind win for San Diego.
They’re 6-2 on the season now with a lead in the NL West. While everyone was busy talking about the LA Dodgers, the Padres were quietly going about their business and have fired off the blocks. In a shortened season, it’s within reason that the Padres can win the division over the Dodgers.
I’m not going to get ahead of myself too soon, though. The Dodgers are still the team to beat despite playing behind the Padres right now. Sure, it’s a shortened season and every game is more important than before, but a one-game deficit isn’t anything to be concerned about. The Diamondbacks beat the Dodgers last night, so it was a win-win night for the Padres.
Tommy Pham raked at the dish with 4 RBI on 2 for 5 hitting. Get the ball up in the air at Coors Field and it can go a long way. Charlie Blackmon led the Rockies offensively with 3 RBI on 3 for 5 hitting. It was a pretty nice night for Jon Gray as well. He held strong through 5.2 innings with 4 hits and 2 earned runs conceded. The Padres were still able to score 8 runs despite that performance by Gray.
Bullpens having problems at Coors Field is just the norm in Denver. There are a select group of pitchers that can figure out Coors Field, one of them is Gray, but balls typically fly around when starters are chased out of the game. Garrett Richards, who has no concept of handling the elements in Denver, was rocked for 8 hits and 4 earned runs in 5.2 innings. The Rockies will turn to Kyle Freeland, while the Padres are scheduled to give the starting nod to Joey Lucchesi. Head below for our free San Diego Padres vs. Colorado Rockies pick for August 1, 2020 in MLB.
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Kyle Freeland is seeking a bounce back campaign after getting pushed around last season. Freeland appeared in 22 games and had to go down to the minors to work on his stuff. This was after a promising 2018 for Freeland. He recorded an ERA of 2.85 and 1.25 WHIP, which put him in a good position to the ace of the club the following season. That didn’t go well, as Freeland was out of sorts with an ERA of 6.73 and 1.58 WHIP. A year after Freeland was on top of the world in Denver, he was shipped out to Triple-A to work on his mechanics.
His effort at home was particularly worrisome. Freeland suffered plenty of damage at Coors Field. He was nailed with an ERA of 9.25 and 1.76 WHIP in ten games. Teams were hitting .337 off Freeland in Denver. We haven’t seen Freeland at home yet this season. However, his outing against the Rangers in Texas was promising.
He gave up 4 hits and 2 earned runs for a 3.00 ERA. I want to see Freeland do that over his next three starts to gain my confidence back in him. The Padres’ offense has been hot with 6.5 runs per game this season. That’s good for first in the major leagues. They have scored at least 5 runs in their last five games for an average of 7.4 runs per game. Freeland might be able to get out of three or four innings, but expect the Padres to get their bats working again tonight.
Joey Lucchesi is hoping to have a breakout campaign in 2020. As a rookie and sophomore, Lucchesi posted an ERA of 4.08 and 4.18. Nothing wrong with that, but Lucchesi is looking for more this season. His first outing didn’t go well, though, as Lucchesi was dinged with a 4.91 ERA and 1.64 WHIP.
The Diamondbacks registered 5 hits and 2 earned runs in 3.2 innings to chase Lucchesi early. He induced a double play with the bases loaded to get out of an inning or it could have been much worse. We will likely see plenty of more runs on Saturday night at Coors Field.