The Dodgers certainly had a productive day on Thursday afternoon’s series finale against the Padres. The Dodgers defeated San Diego by a 10-2 score as Yasiel Puig homered twice and Brandon McCarthy turned in a quality start. Everybody contributed. Corey Seager went 2 for 3 with 2 runs batted in. Puig drove in four runs and is off to a scorching start. Right hander Chris Hatcher struck out three, and even my good friend Kike drove in a run with an RBI double. Oscar was there again and I am beginning to think he’s a good luck charm. Perhaps he can fly to Denver for Friday’s game?
Dodgers @ Colorado
Hyun-jin Ryu-0-0 vs. Kyle Freeland-0-0
Game Time- 1:05 PM PST- TV-SNLA
The Dodgers will open up a weekend set at you know where (gasp) Coors Field in Colorado against the Rockies, where they will open up the series against (gasp) a left hander. Rookie Kyle Freeland will make his MLB debut against fellow southpaw Hyun-jin Ryu.
We’ll get to Freeland in a minute. Ryu is making his 2017 debut and he’s trying to recover from major shoulder surgery and elbow problems. Ryu looked fantastic in spring training and I am having high hopes that he can make a comeback this year. Although sadly major shoulder and elbow problems are usually career enders. What a tough assignment for him to make his season debut at Coors Field the place where pitching goes to die. How has Ryu done there in the past? He’s made just one start there and won. He went 6 innings allowing two earned runs on 8 hits and striking out two. Overall Ryu is 3-2 with a 4.00 ERA in 5 career starts against Colorado. He has a 27 strikeouts and just 6 walks against the Rockies. Here’s how the Rocks have done against him.
Ryu vs. Rockies
Left hander Kyle Freeland is a 23-year old rookie out of Denver. Freeland went to high school locally in Denver and went to the University of Evansville in Indiana. He was originally drafted by the Phillies in the 35 round of the 2011 amateur draft, but chose to stay and finish school. In 2014 he was drafted by the Rockies in the eighth round of that year’s draft.
He spent most of 2016 between the Rockie’s triple-A affiliate Albuquerque (remember them?) and Double-A affiliate Hartford Yard. Freeland made 12 appearances for Albuquerque and posted a 3.91 ERA in 73.2 innings pitched. He struck out 57 and walked 19 while posting a 7.0 strikeout per nine rate in Albuquerque. He had a 3.87 ERA at Double-A and struck out 5.2 per nine.
Freeland is not long removed from having shoulder problems himself and bone chips removed from his elbow back in 2015. Freeland doesn’t throw hard and is primarily a fastball/slider guy. He has excellent control according to the reports. He averaged a little over 2 walks per nine innings in the minors. So all of this should mean he tosses a 4-hit shutout against the Dodgers.
Speaking of a shutout, remember since it’s a left hander expect to see the all-righty lineup in their once again. That means Kike, Scott Van Slyke, Austin Barnes, and Franklin Gutierrez will probably all be playing. I’ll be at least a couple of those guys will be in the lineup.
First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 PM PST. I’ll be at work again, (booooooring!) but Oscar will have the recap for you immediately after the game.