Jack Etkin, Forbes.com: Freeland in Search of That Winning Touch

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By Jack Etkin


Consecutive poor starts by Kyle Freeland certainly don’t signify a trend and are not cause for any alarm.

But the Rockies left-hander was so good for so long last year. And he carried that success seamlessly into this season when he drew his first Opening Day assignment and was methodically efficient for seven innings. So it’s very uncharacteristic when Freeland doesn’t pitch well and loses consecutive starts, particularly when in both outings he could have helped end three-game losing streaks for the struggling Rockies, whose woes have worsened with 10 losses in their past 11 games.

The Rockies have lost six straight games and haven’t led in any of them, a span of 54 innings without a lead. It’s their longest such streak since a 59-inning streak from May 10-17, 2008.

The six-game skid is Colorado’s longest since losing eight in a row from June 21-28, 2017. At 3-10, the Rockies have matched their worst record in franchise history through the first 13 games, and they were blanked for the third time in the young season in a 1-0 loss Thursday night at San Francisco.B

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