By Jack Etkin
The starts followed a magnificent pattern, one consistent outing after another by Kyle Freeland for more than five months. His 2018 season was extraordinary, historic even for a Colorado Rockies pitcher. And with an eye toward improvement, Freeland plans to use two of his pitches differently.
The left-handed Freeland, who went 17-7 with a 2.85 ERA last year in his second full season in the majors, intends to throw his changeup to left-handed hitters and throw his two-seam or sinking fastball at the front or left hip of right-handed hitters.
Freeland said late last season, catchers Tony Wolters and veteran Chris Iannetta, who was behind the plate for 32 of 33 Freeland’s starts in the regular season and his one in the postseason last year, began discussing these variations on Freeland’s changeup and two-seamer.
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