DENVER – On April 12, 2017, Denver native Kyle Freeland made the second start of his major league career against the San Diego Padres.

You may not remember that start. You’re likely far more familiar with the one right before it; the opening day extravaganza against the Los Angeles Dodgers that stole the heart of this baseball city, the shutout in his first start, at the place he grew up watching baseball.

But that second start against the Pads, in hindsight, is more interesting.

What could be so interesting about 4.2 IP with eight hits and six earned runs given up? As it has turned out, now through two full seasons, that was by far the worst outing of his career.

It is the only game in which he has ever given up six or more runs. He has given up five runs in a game only five times. Of his first 61 starts in MLB, 55 have seen him give up four or fewer runs.

That may not seem like much when compared to pitchers like Jacob DeGrom, Max Scherzer, and a handful of others, but that level of consistency is not only unheard of for someone who spends half their outings at Coors Field, nothing even in that realm has been seen up to and including the best of Ubaldo Jimenez.

There has been much debate over the years about what the altitude, or the big outfield, or the unique travel, do to the baseball club. Does it create a hangover effect that makes pitches much more difficult to track out on the road? Does it simply lead to an inordinate number of cheap hits, meaning that limiting contact should be key?

Does the ball really fly any farther in the humidor era?

But one thing has emerged as clear as an October day in the Colorado sun. It is remarkably difficult to remain consistent.

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Drew Creasman
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Drew E. Creasman was born in Grand Junction, Colorado and currently resides in Boulder, CO. He is a full time Rockies beat writer managing editor of Education: Studied Philosophy and Political Science at the University of Colorado along with Music History and Composition. Career: After six years as an independent musician and doing sporadic political work, I began to write about the Colorado Rockies for PurpleRow.com in the winter of 2013. Three years later, I came to BSN Denver to run the Rockies content. In short time, I found myself interviewing GM Dan O’Dowd and forging relationships with countless individuals in and around the organization. A few highlights include hosting the only daily Rockies talk show in the world, a podcast that has welcomed Nolan Arenado and Jon Gray among others, and our wall-to-wall coverage of the 2017 Wild Card Game. I’ve also been a regular on 850 koa, 104.3 The Fan, Mile High Sports Radio and numerous podcasts. Most Memorable Sports Moment: Game 3 of the 2007 NLDS. Ubaldo Jimenez, blackout, and the Rockies win their first postseason series. The finest sports book I’ve ever read: Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella. One sports movie I can’t live without: One!? Just one!? Ok … Sugar. But Field of Dreams and Friday Night Lights come incredibly close. Most memorable experience as a reporter: Either the aforementioned Arenado interview or, and this is an odd one, spending time swapping stories with other reporters at Marc Stout’s going-away party. The sport that started it all: Clearly baseball. I’ve been watching baseball since before I can actually remember watching baseball. It’s just always been a part of me. I can still recall the feeling of wanting to be old enough to play T-ball. I love other sports, but I had loved and played baseball for years before I was even aware anything else existed.