Jack Etkin, Forbes.com: Freeland Gets Chance to Head Rockies in Right Direction

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There was progress in his last start for the Rockies, left-hander Kyle Freeland’s first since coming back from Triple-A. He’ll be looking for more improvement Friday along with better results this time when he starts at Yankee Stadium.

Freeland will take the mound in the first of 10 road games in 10 days for the Rockies, for whom matters have become rather dire. It's their longest road trip of the season. They came out of the All-Star break and lost five of seven games on a homestand that culminated with getting swept in four games by the Giants, leaving the Rockies with 11 losses in their past 13 games and 16 in their past 22.

Shortstop Trevor Story said, “Really every game from here on out is really crucial.”

That’s a reasonable assessment, considering the Rockies have fallen to 46-50 and are tied for fourth in the National League West. They are four games behind in the scrum for the second wild-card spot but tied for sixth in that scramble.

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