By Doug Hoffacker

DENVER (CBS4) – This final weekend of the season could be one of the biggest in Colorado Rockies history. Their seven game win streak has them on the verge of capturing their first-ever National League Western Division title.

gettyimages 1006425840 Kyle Freeland, Rockies Fan Since Birth, Starts In Crucial Friday Night Game

Kyle Freeland (credit: Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Tonight, the Rockies picked Kyle Freeland as the starting pitcher. This moment in time isn’t lost on Freeland. Kyle was born in Denver about a month after the Rockies franchise first game in 1993.

His family dressed him in a onesie as an extra extra small Rockies fan.

kyle freeland Kyle Freeland, Rockies Fan Since Birth, Starts In Crucial Friday Night Game

(credit: Colorado Rockies)

Freeland played baseball and graduated from Denver’s Thomas Jefferson High School, and was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 35th round of the 2011 draft.

RELATED: Rockies Pitcher Hangs Out At Old Colorado Elementary School

But he didn’t sign with the Phillies. He got better in college, and three years later, the Colorado Rockies selected Freeland in the first round with the eighth overall pick.

Freeland made his first start with the Rockies April 7, 2017, when he beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, earned his first win and had his first major league hit.

gettyimages 665906150 master Kyle Freeland, Rockies Fan Since Birth, Starts In Crucial Friday Night Game

Freeland delivers to home plate during the the opening day game at Coors Field on April 7, 2017. (credit: Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

He was the first starting pitcher in 51 years to make his Major League debut in his home team’s opener in the state in which he was born.

Freeland’s having a great season this year, with 16 wins and only 7 losses, and an ERA of 2.84, quite low considering he pitches half his games in the thin air of hitter-friendly Coors Field.

He’s in the conversation in the Cy Young Award voting, the annual honor for best pitcher in the league. His win total is tied for third most in the National League, and his ERA is fourth lowest.

Tonight’s 6:10 PM start is early due to fireworks after the game. The Rockies expect it to be a sellout.

If the Rockies win tonight, they at least clinch a tie for the playoffs. Any combination of 2 Rockies wins or 2 losses by the St. Louis Cardinals, and the Rockies clinch a Wild Card spot.

Any combination of 3 Rockies wins or 3 Los Angeles Dodgers losses, and the Rockies win their first Western Division championship.
Rocktober would start next week.

Comments

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s