Hyun-jin Ryu and crew were on the short end of a 2-1 loss at Coors Field on Apr. 7, the home opener for the Rockies, and Freeland struck out six in six innings, allowing just one run for the win.
Freeland will face a different lineup this time around, with both Adrian Gonzalez and Corey Seager starting on Tuesday. Both got half rest days on Apr. 7, each one playing in reserve after not starting against the southpaw.
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Joc Pederson gets the start in center field, just as manager Dave Roberts said he would after Monday’s game. It is the third start in eight games against left-handed starting pitchers this season, and his second start against Freeland.
Pederson was 1-for-2 with a single and a strikeout on Apr. 7 against Freeland, keeping with his pattern against southpaws this season. Pederson in seven plate appearances against left-handers has three singles and four strikeouts.
Last year, Pederson’s third start against a left-handed pitcher came on July 27.
Austin Barnes gets the call at catcher on Tuesday night, his fourth start of the season. He has reached base and scored in each of his three starts so far this season, going 3-for-12 (.273) with two walks, a home run, a triple, a stolen base, and four runs scored in those games.
Colorado roster moves
The Rockies made a few transactions before the game, reinstating outfielder Gerardo Parra from the paternity list and recalling infielder Pat Valaika from Triple-A Albuquerque.
Colorado optioned pitcher Shane Carle and outfielder Raimel Tapia to Triple-A.