Jeff Francis wonders why HR rates are soaring without his pitching

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Known for his years having to fight the losing battle Colorado Rockies pitchers perpetually wage, Jeff Francis recalled his struggles giving up home runs.

The home run rate, though, spiked to an MLB-record by the All-Star break this season. Francis — he of 20-plus home runs allowed three times in a four-season span while a Rockies starter — wonders how that could be possible without him.

The left-hander pitched 11 big-league seasons, eight of those in Colorado, last working as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays in 2015.

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