This is certainly kind of an extended stretch where I’m feeling pretty good,” Blackmon said. I do have to acknowledge that I’ve been pretty lucky. I hit a lot of ground balls where there was nobody playing.
Kyle Freeland went through a nightmare of a season in 2018, but the Colorado Rockies left-hander salvaged something out of it, and it's paying off. Freeland went 3-11 last season after winning 17 games in 2018 and finishing fourth in the National League Cy Young Award voting. Arizona will counter with right-hander Zac Gallen (0-0, 2.81 ERA) in the second game of the series.
Groke points out how Arenado’s fly ball rate has increased over 10 percent from 2019. Arenado’s swing at times has wiggled a little like jelly, but only slightly, and just enough to cut under some pitches for pop-ups. From August 3-5, Arenado homered in three consecutive days.