Bud Black and the Colorado Rockies will take a calculated risk in the National League Wild Card Game, sending starter Kyle Freeland to the hill on only three days’ rest.
Freeland, who has a 17-7 record with a 2.85 ERA in 33 starts this season, has been one of the Rockies’ most consistent hurlers, and he’ll be in for a challenge on Tuesday as he faces the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.
Freeland has been on fire in recent outings, earning eight wins in his last 11 trips to the mound. He last pitched on Friday against the Washington Nationals, throwing six innings and giving up two runs despite allowing 11 hits in the game.
He will be opposed by Cubs ace Jon Lester, who is pitching on normal rest after beating the Pittsburgh Pirates in his last start. Lester has a 4-1 record and a 1.52 ERA in his last five starts, and has really been rounding into form as of late for the Cubs.
First pitch between the two teams is scheduled for 7 p.m., and the winner will move on to face the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Division Series.