Cal Quantrill emerging as the ace for the Colorado Rockies

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Traditionally pitchers for the Colorado Rockies since the franchise joined Major League Baseball in 1993 has been incredibly bad. The franchise has had fantastic offensive production over the years, but have simply not produced when it comes to preventing runs from scoring. One major reason is because the Rockies play at Coors Field in Denver. They are in what is considered the most notable hitter’s park among all 30 MLB stadiums. It also helps the hitters when there is high altitude.

However, in his first season in Colorado, Rockies starting pitcher Cal Quantrill of Port Hope, Ontario has been excellent. On Tuesday, Quantrill had his ninth quality start of the season. He gave up three hits, zero earned runs, and one walk to go along with five strikeouts in six innings in a 5-4 Rockies win over the Minnesota Twins. On the season, Quantrill has a record of six wins and four losses with an earned run average of 3.30. In 79 innings pitched, he has given up 69 hits, 29 earned runs, eight home runs and 30 walks, to go along with 56 strikeouts, and a WHIP (walks and hits per innings pitched) of 1.25.

Quantrill was one of two Canadian natives to throw a quality start on Tuesday. The other was James Paxton of Ladner, British Columbia. Paxton, who pitches for the Los Angeles Dodgers, had his fifth quality start in 2024. He gave up one earned run, two hits and two walks in six innings, along with two strikeouts in a 15-2 Dodgers romp over the reigning World Series champion Texas Rangers. On the season, Paxton has a record of six wins and one loss with an earned run average of 3.92. In 59 2/3 innings, he gave up 52 hits, 26 earned runs, seven home runs and 32 walks, to go along with 35 strikeouts and a WHIP of 1.41.

The Dodgers lead the National League West by seven and a half games over the San Diego Padres. They have a record of 42 wins and 26 losses.

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