In the midst of this rollercoaster of an offseason, I imagine we have sometimes overlooked one particular key component of the 2019 Atlanta Braves crew. That is that Freddie Freeman is nevertheless on the Braves. Many will argue that he is the all-around ideal initial baseman in the recreation at this instant, and I am one particular of individuals. The good reasons are to adhere to.
Possibly it was the meteoric increase of Ronald Acuna? Possibly it was the signing of Josh Donaldson? Or possibly it was who the Atlanta Braves didn’t signal (at the very least not nonetheless)? But the fact nevertheless stays that Freddie Freeman will anchor down the 3-gap in the lineup and will give you Gold Glove-caliber defense at initial foundation, working day in and working day out.
Rightfully regarded as the facial area of the franchise since Chipper Jones retired, Freddie has taken the honor and ran with it. He has gotten far better the lengthier his career goes and the figures again that up as effectively.
Let us just take a appear at his previous 3 yrs to establish that stage, as effectively as the stage that hopefully he can be the MVP this 12 months and lead the Braves again to the playoffs.
2016 could have been Freddie’s ideal 12 months to date thus far as he was locked in at the plate all season extensive it seemed. A quick appear at the figures
- 178 Hits
- 102 Runs scored
- 43 Doubles
- 34 House Runs
- 91 RBI
- 171 Ks
- .302 Batting Average
- Completed 6th in MVP Voting
The only stat there that is not where by you would probably want it is the higher strikeout charge, but in this working day of age, teams will stay with that. I tend to feel if the Braves were additional aggressive in the 2016 season, Freeman would have completed larger than 6th in MVP Voting. After all, his WAR was 6.5.
Let us swiftly jolt on the 2017 season where by you will see the figures weren’t just the identical, but don’t forget about, he missed effectively in excess of a month when a Aaron Loup pitch broke his wrist in Could.
- 135 Hits
- 84 Runs Scored
- 35 Doubles
- 28 House Runs
- 71 RBI
- 95 Ks
- .307 Batting Average
As I mentioned, the figures were down but that was only owing to missed games. He was nevertheless really worth a 4.5 WAR.
Now, permit me remind anyone of just how fantastic Freddie was previous 12 months in 2018.
- 191 Hits
- 94 Runs Scored
- 44 Doubles
- 23 House Runs
- 98 RBI
- 132 Ks
- .309 Batting Average
- 4th in MVP Voting
- All Star and Gold Glove winner
This was not his best WAR of the three years as it was a 6.1 in 2018. The 44 doubles led the Nationwide League previous 12 months. I do imagine it is vital to take note that his key safety in the lineup for the second 50 % previous 12 months was an ice-cold Nick Markakis.
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Freddie Freeman’s .293 career Batting Average is fantastic for 22nd ideal amid energetic hitters in the overall recreation. When .293 is fantastic, that also demonstrates you how much the recreation has altered the earlier 15 yrs as effectively.
If you just take all of Freddie’s career figures and average them out for a 162-recreation program, his figures would appear like this.
- 174 Hits
- 93 Runs Scored
- 39 Double’s
- 26 House Runs
- 93 RBI’s
- A on foundation % of just shy of .400.
We have all come to be expecting greatness out of Freddie and this points out element of the explanation why. I will gladly just take individuals figures proper now for his 2019 season, but with that remaining mentioned, I imagine its also fair to be expecting a little additional just simply because of the new safety around him in the lineup.
It is also refreshing to see a crew can not just place a lefty from the pen late in the recreation and neutralize Freddie’s bat both. Previous 12 months he hit accurately .309 versus the two left-handed pitchers and proper-handed pitchers. If you dig even further into Freddie’s figures from previous 12 months, his innovative stats were basically far better versus the lefties.
We outlined Chipper before, and we all know how he raked versus the Mets and Marlins, but primarily the Mets. Very well, Freddie also took that honor when Chipper retired as effectively. He has career averages versus the two teams at almost .400.
To broaden on that a little bit, in his career Freddie Freeman has absent 18 for 37 versus Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler, who are arguably the 2 ideal pitchers the Mets have driving Jacob DeGrom. To go even a little bit even further the only major time NL East pitcher Freddie struggles with is Max Scherzer, who he is 7 for 34 versus (but it IS Max Scherzer, we forgive him) He is also 2 for 18 versus new Nationwide Patrick Corbin, but possibly additional repetition can fix that.
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With all of that mentioned, let us make sure that we as Atlanta Braves lovers don’t just take him for granite and let us all hope he can acquire an MVP in 2019 to enable the Atlanta Braves achieve October yet again.