Tuesday's series opener is a matchup of two of the best lefthanders in baseball, both of whom have struggled in the opening weeks of 2019 -- Kyle Freeland of the Rockies and Chris Sale of the Red Sox. It is the first time for both to start against the opposing team.
Sale has pitched well of late, but without results. He is 1-1 with a 1.29 ERA in his last three starts, allowing 10 hits and four walks while striking out 32 in 21 innings.
The Rockies and Red Sox have not met in inter-league play since 2016, when Freeland was in the minor leagues and Sale was with the White Sox. Sale did have two relief appearances against the Rockies when he was with the White Sox.
While neither pitcher has started against the opposing team before, Sale does have a successful history from the past against Mark Reynolds (.211 batting average in 19 at-bats) and Chris Iannetta (.077 average in 13 at-bats). Other than that Freeland and Sale have faced other players on the roster of the opposition a total of 10 at-bats in the big leagues.