DENVER (AP) — Kyle Freeland has the stuff of an ace.

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DENVER (AP) — Kyle Freeland has the stuff of an ace.

Postby zhangzk » Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:37 pm

He delivers in the clutch like an ace , too.Just don’t expect Colorado manager Bud Black to label the left-hander one yet. Not even a dominating performance like this could sway him. Freeland threw seven sharp innings and combined with the bullpen on a two-hitter to help the Rockies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0 on Monday night in a game that was interrupted 32 minutes by rain.“I’m a critical judge of an ace,” Black said. “For me, an ace is somebody that does it over a long period of time. This is no knock on Kyle. I mean, for me, an ace is the guy who’s passed the test of time, who’s been an All-Star, maybe conceivably won a Cy Young.“But, hey, don’t get me wrong: I love the way Kyle’s pitching. He’s been great.”Freeland (10-7) allowed two hits and struck out five. It was his fourth career game of seven or more shutout innings at Coors Field.“The one thing is not letting the old Coors Field effect come into play for me,” said Freeland, who grew up in Denver. “I pitch my game.”Relievers Seunghwan Oh and Wade Davis combined to close out the win. Davis pitched a perfect ninth for his 32nd save in 38 chances.It was a positive step for a beleaguered bullpen that endured three walk-off losses — two by Davis — during a 2-5 road swing.“Good to see Wade bounce back,” Black said.Joe Musgrove (4-6) retired the first 12 batters he faced before allowing a single to Nolan Arenado on the first pitch of the fifth. The right-hander scattered four hits over seven innings and allowed two runs, one earned.Colorado scored both of its runs off Musgrove in the fifth. Arenado raced home with the first when Josh Harrison booted Gerardo Parra’s grounder. Just then, the rain picked up intensity and the grounds crew brought out the tarp.“I was locked in,” Musgrove said. “I didn’t realize how hard it was raining until I walked off the field.”After the delay, Musgrove hit Ian Desmond to load the bases and Chris Iannetta followed with a sacrifice fly to bring in another run. The damage could’ve been more if not for right fielder Gregory Polanco throwing out Parra trying to score from second on David Dahl’s single.“I would’ve rather not had it,” Musgrove said of the delay. “The delay kind of caused me to lose my rhythm a little bit.”Freeland allowed a single to Corey Dickerson to lead off the game and Musgrove’s double in the third. Other than that, Freeland was tough to solve against a Pirates team that scored five runs off him in four innings on April 18.“Pretty much everything” was working Adam Jones Jersey , Freeland said. “Fastball command was really good.”TRAINING ROOMRockies: RHP Antonio Senzatela (shoulder inflammation) will rest a few days before playing catch. “He feels good. We’re optimistic there,” Black said. … OF Charlie Blackmon was given a day off.HEAVY AIRThe wind picked up intensity and the temperature dropped about 14 degrees, making it hard for the baseball to leave the ball park. David Freese hit a deep drive to center in the fourth and Starling Marte another in the sixth that got held up by the breeze.“They squared a couple up to dead center that I thought off the barrel had a chance to go,” Freeland said. “I just think the wind might have been swirling up there.”NEW INFIELDERThe Pirates acquired infielder Adeiny Hechavarria from Tampa Bay for minor league reliever Matt Seelinger. Hechavarria is expected to arrive Tuesday.“Very good feedback from our scouts following him,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “Be a good addition all the way around.”UP NEXTThe Rockies will bring RHP Chad Bettis (5-1, 5.10 ERA) off the disabled list to start Tuesday against the Pirates. Bettis hasn’t pitched for Colorado since July 1 due to a blister on his middle finger. Pittsburgh will throw RHP Jameson Taillon (8-8, 3.74), who’s been charged with three runs or less in each of his last 12 starts.Both pitchers dealt with testicular cancer a season ago.“Both healthy. Both in the big leagues,” Taillon said. “Life’s good.” Tim Bradbury/Getty ImagesThe Boston Red Sox earned a World Series berth after a 4-1 victory on Thursday gave them the American League Championship Series victory in five games over the Houston Astros.The Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers must now decide the National League representative in the Fall Classic. L.A. is up three games to two, but the Dodgers will need to win one in Milwaukee to move on. Game 6 is Friday at 8:39 p.m. ET, while Game 7 takes place Saturday at 8:09 p.m. ET, if necessary.Here's a look ahead at some World Series information, including dates, times, television and live-stream notes and odds (via OddsShark). You can also find quick breakdowns on the two potential World Series matchups below, with predictions for each one.Schedule of DatesTuesday, October 23 (Game 1): National League winner at Boston Red Sox, 8:09 p.m. ETWednesday Manny Machado Jersey , October 24 (Game 2): National League winner at Boston Red Sox, 8:09 p.m. ETFriday, October 26 (Game 3):Boston Red Sox at National League winner, 8:09 p.m. ETSaturday, October 27 (Game 4):Boston Red Sox at National League winner, 8:09 p.m. ETSunday, October 28 (Game 5, if necessary):Boston Red Sox at National League winner, 8:15 p.m. ETTuesday, October 30 (Game 6, if necessary): National League winner at Boston Red Sox, 8:09 p.m. ETWednesday, October 31 (Game 7, if necessary): National League winner at Boston Red Sox, 8:09 p.m. ETTicket InfoWorld Series tickets can be purchased throughStubHub.Television and Live-Stream InfoAll games will take place on FOX. Fans can live-stream the action through FOX Sports Go. Pregame coverage will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET each day with the exception of Game 5. If that game takes place, pregame coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET.Latest World Series OddsBoston Red Sox: 2-3Los Angeles Dodgers: 19-10Milwaukee Brewers: 13-2Boston Red Sox vs. Los Angeles DodgersThe headliner for this series would be two potential matchups between left-handed aces Chris Sale of the Red Sox and Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers.Both would be the presumptive Game 1 starters (and Game 5 starters if the series gets that far). Sale went 12-4 with a 2.11 ERA and 237 strikeouts in 158.0 innings, while Kershaw went 9-5 with a 2.73 ERA and 155 strikeouts in 161.1 innings. Sale and Kershaw have each made the All-Star Game seven times, with Kershaw winning the National League Cy Young award three times and the NL MVP once.Flip a coin to decide the winner of those two potential matchups Chris Davis Jersey , and the same may be said for the rest of either rotation, which features a mix of solid pitchers (Boston's playoff starter ERA is 3.92, while the Dodgers' is 3.38).The Dodgers' bullpen has been fantastic this postseason as it sports a league-best 1.11 ERA. They shined in a 2-1, 13-inning victory over the Milwaukee Brewers as relievers pitched eight innings of shutout ball while striking out nine.The Red Sox bullpen has not fared as well (3.78 ERA). Of note,closer Craig Kimbrel has not been his usual self in this year's playoffs, as he has a 7.11 ERA and 1.89 WHIP through 6.1 postseason innings.However, the Boston lineup is the better of the two. Right fielder Mookie Betts is your future American League MVP with 32 home runs and a 1.078 OPS. J.D. Martinez will likely finish top three in the voting after smacking 43 home runs and knocking in 130 runners. Overall, the lineup has a good amount of pop as it led the league inOPS, runs, hits and batting average.The Dodgers have some scary power on the left-handed side of the plate, as Max Muncy (35 home runs), Joc Pederson (25 home runs) and Cody Bellinger (25 home runs) can all do damage. However, all three players fared worse against left-handed pitching this year, and that could be an issue when the team faces left-handers Sale and David Price potentially four times if the series goes at least six games. Potentially, all three players could be on the bench to start the game. That hurts the Dodgers and gives them a little less power at the plate.Still, the L.A. bench is far deeper than Boston's, as Dodgers manager Dave Roberts can call on numerous right-handers and left-handers that can (a) hit well and (b) field multiple positions. The Red Sox don't have as much versatility.This is a tough series to predict, but with Boston having one more home game , give the slight edge to the Red Sox in the third straight Fall Classic to go the distance.Pick: Boston 4, Los Angeles 3Boston Red Sox vs. Milwaukee BrewersThis series would be quite odd, and that's largely because of the importance placed on the first half of games.If the Brewers can hold onto leads into the middle innings and toss it to their bullpen, then the significant edge goes to Milwaukee.The Brewers have a better relief staff than the Red Sox, with Jeremy Jeffress (1.29 ERA) and Josh Hader (2.43 ERA) doing most of the damage.However, it's possible the Red Sox could render the Brewers' pitching strength moot if their superior batting lineup dominates the Brewers' starting/opening pitching staff.Milwaukee is piecing together the first half of games with a variety of pitchers, and for the most part it's worked. But what happens if the plan goes awry and the Red Sox jump on a Wade Miley or Brandon Woodruff or Gio Gonzalez and build a healthy lead? Manager Craig Counsell could insert one of his better relievers to stop the damage, but he'd have to build a long bridge to the ninth inning.That might be the difference in the series, as one could argue that all four of Boston's top starters (Sale, Price, Rick Porcello and Nathan Eovaldi) are better than anyone the Brewers could throw out there to begin the game save for maybe right-hander Jhoulys Chacin, who has sub-four ERA in his past two years.Sale is one of the best pitchers in baseball hands down.Price normally struggles in the postseason but just tossed six fantastic shutout innings at Houston. He sports a lifetime 3.25 ERA.Porcello is the 2017 Cy Young winner. He's struggled a bit this year (4.28 ERA), but he still strikes out around a batter per inning.Eovaldi has a 1.88 ERA in 14.1 postseason innings this season and was great against the New York Yankees and Astros.Coupled with the fact that the Red Sox led the majors in OPS, batting average, hits and runs as noted before, and the advantage here goes to Boston.Pick: Boston 4, Milwaukee 1

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