Kyle Freeland has to be looking forward to his first start of May, which comes on Saturday against the Diamondbacks. He was incomsistent in April, going 2-4 with a 4.81 ERA. But then, a year ago, when he finished fourth in NL Cy Young voting and was 17-7 with a 2.85 ERA he also had April struggles, going 1-4 with 4.24 ERA.
Luke Weaver, who will start for Arizona, was the key player the D-backs received from the Cardinals in the off-season trade of Paul Goldschmidt. He was the Cardinals' No. 1 draft pick in 2014. The D-backs also received catcher Carson Kelly, who is hitting .196 for Arizona, and infielder Andy Young, who is at the Double-A level, in the deal.
Freeland has had success against the D-backs. The only position player who has been a problem for him is Steven Souza, Jr., who has a .455 average, going 5-for-11 with a double and two triples. Weaver has minimal history against the Rockies, but Nolan Arenado is 4-for-5 with a home run.