Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the surprising home run streak of Kendrys Morales, Lucas Giolito, Michael Kopech, and the fluctuating state of the White Sox rebuild, an unusual Yankees save streak and the changing distribution of saves across the majors, and the Rays-Pirates Chris Archer trade in retrospect. Then (25:41) they bring on Rockies starter Kyle Freeland to discuss growing up rooting for the Rockies, the perils of pitching development and recovery at altitude, how he’s conquered Coors Field and put together one of the strongest seasons in franchise history, the adjustments he’s made this season, the secret to inducing weak contact, pitching in pennant races from the beginning of his career, whether Rockies pitchers are perceived unfairly, the benefits of being managed by former pitcher (and pitching coach) Bud Black, and more. Finally, Ben and Jeff review the interview, weigh the merits of strikeout guys vs. groundball guys, and forecast Freeland’s career, and Ben provides some updates and weighs in on the latest debate about Daniel Murphy’s homophobic comments from 2015.
Link to Jay Jaffe’s post about Morales
Link to list of pitchers who’ve induced the weakest contact
Link to Freeland’s pitch selection by season
Link to Whitney McIntosh article about Murphy’s comments