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Two young starters who have assumed promi 1 year 2 weeks ago #636171

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Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers continue their series.The Dodgers trail the Rockies by a half game in the National League West after their 4-2 win on Friday. The Arizona Diamondbacks Jose Bautista Jersey , who beat the Atlanta Braves 5-3 on Friday, are third, 1 1/2 games behind the Rockies. The Dodgers are one game behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the race for the second NL wild-card spot. Article continues below ...Rockies left-hander Kyle Freeland (13-7, 2.96 ERA) has been their most consistent starter all season. And Walker Buehler (6-4, 2.92) has recovered from a rib injury and become the Dodgers’ second-best starter behind Clayton Kershaw. Freeland, 25, is in his second full season in the majors. Buehler, 24, is in his first full season after making his major league debut exactly one year ago Friday.Both pitchers are former first-round draft picks. Buehler was taken 24th overall out of Vanderbilt in 2015. Freeland was the eighth overall selection in 2014 out of Evansville.Being a Denver native, Freeland said he has “a special pride” starting a meaningful September game against the Dodgers. The Rockies are 19-9 in games started by Freeland, who has been particularly effective in hitter-friendly Coors Field, going 7-2 with a 2.27 ERA in 12 starts there this season.In his past seven starts, Freeland is 4-1 with a 1.85 ERA while allowing two home runs in 43 2/3 innings.Freeland is coming off a win Sunday at San Diego where he gave up seven hits and three runs in six innings in Colorado’s 7-3 triumph.Freeland is 1-3 with a 3.90 ERA in six career starts against the Dodgers, and 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA in two starts against them this season. The most recent was a no-decision Aug. 11 at Coors Field where Freeland allowed six hits and two runs in seven innings with two walks and a career-high 10 strikeouts in Colorado’s 3-2 win. He’ll face them again with the pennant race in sharper focus than it was a month ago.“It’s exciting knowing that we’re in the hunt, they’re in the hunt , they’re a rival in our division,” Freeland said. “It’s really exciting, but you can’t buy into the hype. You still have to go out there and play your brand of baseball. You can’t try to do too much or do less or anything like that. You need to stay focused on what you need to get done.”Save for an ill-fated relief appearance that lasted one inning June 28, Buehler didn’t pitch for the Dodgers from June 9 thru July 12 due to a microfracture in his right rib.The Dodgers are 11-7 in starts by Buehler, who in his last outing Sunday against the Diamondbacks allowed one run and two hits in 6 1/3 innings but ended up with a no-decision in the Dodgers’ 3-2 win.In nine starts since returning from his rib injury, Buehler is 2-2, and he is 2-0 over his last six starts.“I think I came off the rib injury and kind of tried to simplify things,” Buehler said. “Really tried to figure out what worked for me and what didn’t, and I changed the curveball grip and have kind of thrown more hard sliders, cutters.”Buehler had thrown a knuckle-curve but said he wasn’t getting the swings and misses he wanted, so he is now throwing a more traditional curveball. He said with the slider and cutter, he is now throwing each with more conviction “instead of throwing one that spins and you never know which one it was going to be.”Buehler has made seven career appearances, including three starts, against the Rockies and is 0-0 with a 4.07 ERA. All three of those starts came this season, and Buehler had a 2.37 ERA in those games. Philadelphia Phillies (12-9 Devin Mesoraco Jersey , first in the NL East) vs. New York Mets (11-10, third in the NL East)Flushing, Queens; Monday, 7 p.m. EDTPITCHING PROBABLES: Phillies: Jake Arrieta (3-1, 2.25 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 18 strikeouts) Mets: Steven Matz (3-1, 4.96 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 19 strikeouts)BOTTOM LINE:The Mets are 9-7 against the rest of their division. The New York pitching staff owns a team ERA of 5.66, Noah Syndergaard paces the staff with a mark of 5.90.The Phillies are 4-5 in road games. Philadelphia’s team on-base percentage of .339 is second in the National League. Andrew McCutchen leads the team with an OBP of .408. This is the first game between these teams in 2019.TOP PERFORMERS: Pete Alonso leads the Mets with 15 extra base hits and is batting .325. Wilson Ramos is 6-for-31 with a home run and eight RBIs over the last 10 games for New York.Maikel Franco leads the Phillies with six home runs and is batting .274. McCutchen is 14-for-42 with three doubles, a triple, two home runs and four RBIs over the last 10 games for Philadelphia.LAST 10 GAMES: Mets: 4-6, .254 batting average, 6.17 ERA , outscored by 21 runsPhillies: 5-5, .265 batting average, 3.82 ERA, outscored opponents by nine runsMets Injuries: Drew Smith: 10-day IL (elbow), Jacob deGrom: 10-day IL (elbow), Yoenis Cespedes: 10-day IL (heels), Jed Lowrie: 10-day IL (knee), Todd Frazier: 10-day IL (oblique), Robinson Cano: day-to-day (right hand).Phillies Injuries: David Robertson: 10-day IL (elbow), Tommy Hunter: 60-day IL (arm), Victor Arano: 10-day IL (right elbow), Odubel Herrera: 10-day IL (hamstring), Jean Segura: 10-day IL (hamstring), Scott Kingery: 10-day IL (hamstring).
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