Freddie Freeman voiced his frustration at a teammate after the Atlanta Braves’ loss in Game 1 of their National League Division Series.
The Braves pulled to within one run after entering the bottom of the ninth inning down 7-3 but came up just short to lose the first game of their series opener against the St. Louis Cardinals. After the game, Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman called out teammate Ronald Acuna Jr. for not running hard out of the box — an issue that has been present throughout this season.
The play Freeman is referring to took place in the seventh inning. Acuna was caught watching the ball instead of hustling out of the batter’s box on a drive to right field. As a result, Acuna ended up with a single instead of what could have been a double.
Acuna did hit a two-run home run in the ninth inning and finished the game with three hits. There’s no doubt he’s one of the more talented players in baseball and is already a star at just 21 years old. However, there is a lesson to be learned from Thursday’s game. Hopefully for the Braves, it sinks in this time.
Freddie Freeman has an interesting way of testing a troublesome bone spur that he has in his elbow.
The Atlanta Braves first baseman left Friday’s game against the Washington Nationals during the fourth inning with what was described by the club as “elbow soreness.”
Freeman has dealt with the bone spur for multiple years and has been able to play through discomfort in the past. Since the issue developed, Freeman has found that washing his hair serves as a test for how the spur will bother him any given day.
Freeman’s “good to go” proclamation was confirmed when his name appeared in the Braves’ lineup for Saturday afternoon’s game.
The spur has not been a big hindrance to Freeman so far this season. He’s played 148 of Atlanta’s 149 games and has posted a batting line of .302/.392/.566 with 32 doubles, 38 home runs, and 117 RBI.
Mike Soroka is quietly having an elite season for the Atlanta Braves, and one of his teammates thinks that he should be recognized as such.
Speaking with reporters on Sunday after Soroka pitched seven shutout innings in a 4-1 win over the San Diego Padres, Braves slugger Freddie Freeman was asked about the 21-year-old’s candidacy for NL Rookie of the Year.
“Who cares about the Rookie of the Year? I think he’s right in it for Cy Young,” Freeman replied, per David O’Brien of The Athletic. “10-1 with a 2 [ERA], what else do you have to do? He’s pretty special. For him to only be 21 and doing that, that’s what makes it even more special.”
While this could just be a case of teammates hyping each other up, Soroka’s numbers don’t lie. Sunday’s gem improved him to 10-1 on the season with a sparkling 2.24 ERA and 82 strikeouts through 16 starts. The right-hander was also named to this year’s NL All-Star team.
Soroka does have some rather formidable competition for Cy Young honors in the NL, particularly, Los Angeles Dodgers star Hyun-Jin Ryu and Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer. But when you consider that Soroka is right in the conversation as a rookie (in an excellent first-year class no less), it makes for quite an impressive year that he is having.
Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer did not seem impressed with how the Atlanta Braves approached him in Saturday’s game, and one of their key players is responding.
Bauer said it “didn’t seem like [the Braves] wanted to hit” after Atlanta took a patient, grinding approach in Saturday’s game, elevating the Cleveland right-hander’s pitch count early on. Bauer allowed only three hits in 6 1/3 innings, but needed 120 pitches to do so. Atlanta’s approach was rewarded, as they came back against the Cleveland bullpen in an 8-7 victory.
Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman didn’t understand what Bauer’s point was, and defended his team’s approach.
“We heard that,” Freeman said, via Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com. “It makes no sense. I don’t think he even knows what he was saying. It’s 40 degrees out. He’s a good pitcher, and we’re going to try to work you. I think we’re [usually] one of the most free-swinging teams there is. I think that comment is just … he hasn’t done his research.”
Bauer’s comments don’t make a lot of sense. It’s a perfectly valid approach to work a starter and try to drive up his pitch count and force an early exit, and that’s what Atlanta did. This is also a guy who isn’t shy about being critical of his peers, so it perhaps isn’t a surprise. Bauer will certainly be unhappy he couldn’t pitch deeper into the game to help his team win, but he can’t blame the Braves for approaching things the way they did.
As we head towards the final month of the regular season, the pennant races in baseball are heating up, and so are the awards races. The MVP races in both leagues are looking very intriguing as we get into crunch time.
In the American League, there are several worthy candidates, though two teams are heavily represented. The National League race is even more wide open, with no clear standouts — a factor that could open the door to a pitcher winning the award for the first time since 2014.
Here’s a look at the top five MVP candidates in both the American and National League.
5) Francisco Lindor, Indians
Lindor finished fifth in last year’s voting and he’s having an even better season than he did last year. Hitting just shy of .300 and with his second consecutive 30-home run season in sight, the Cleveland shortstop’s candidacy will be bolstered not just by his offensive numbers, but because he plays quality defense at one of the most important positions on the field. Despite this, he’s viewed as a longshot, as his offensive numbers lag behind those of his key competitors.
Brian Snitker had a funny quote about letting Freddie Freeman play a day after the first baseman was hit by a pitch.
Freeman was hit on the wrist on Wednesday night — the same wrist he broke last year after a hit by pitch. Tests came back negative this time, so Snitker did not hesitate to put Freeman in the lineup on Thursday against the Mets.
Freeman has been one of the Braves’ best hitters this year — and throughout his career — so you want him in the lineup any time he’s available. He’s also developed a little bit of Terminator reputation for his ability to rebound from injuries. Trust the Freeman.
All is not well with Freddie Freeman’s left wrist, and now he’s using a rather vivid comparison to describe his ongoing struggles with it.
The Atlanta Braves slugger said on Saturday that he is steadily losing strength in the wrist, which he fractured back in May. According to MLB.com’s Mark Bowman, Freeman likened his wrist to “swinging a wet newspaper.”
Freeman, who made an early return from injury after he initially suffered the fracture, has still produced for Atlanta this season with a .311 batting average and a career-high 1.011 OPS to go along with 23 home runs and 57 RBIs in just 89 games. But the Braves are at a lousy 59-75 on the year, so the ex-All-Star may be a prime shutdown candidate as we enter the final month of the season.
Freddie Freeman healed at warp speed for the Atlanta Braves.
The Braves announced on Tuesday that they have activated Freeman from the disabled list and that he will start at third base for them against Houston.
This development is pretty astonishing.
Freeman was expected to miss 8-10 weeks after suffering a fractured wrist on May 17. Instead he will be returning in under seven weeks after playing just two rehab games.
What’s more is that Freeman will be playing third base upon returning because of the emergence of Matt Adams at first. Freeman hasn’t exactly had a lot of time to adjust to third base, but apparently he and the Braves feel confident in his ability to deliver now.
Freddie Freeman’s road to recovery from a fracture in his left hand has progressed to playing in minor league games. On Saturday, he did so at an unfamiliar position.
Since making his major league debut with the Braves in 2010, the only position Freeman has played defensively has been first base. However, during his absence, the Braves acquired Matt Adams from the Cardinals and he has more than an adequately filled in. In 37 games with Atlanta, Adams is hitting .294/.346/.615 with 12 home runs and 31 RBI.
That has led to a dilemma of sorts for the Braves as Freeman gets closer to returning to the lineup. Freeman discussed the idea of playing third base when he’s activated from the disabled list. Saturday, he took a necessary step in making that a reality. Freeman played third base for the Gwinnett Braves and handled his first grounder without any trouble. Take a look below.
Kudos to Freeman for embracing the idea of changing positions to help the club. If Adams continues to swing the bat well and Freeman returns to Atlanta and performs the way he’s capable of, the Braves will certainly be potent offensively from the corners of the infield.
Freddie Freeman has been on the disabled list since mid-May, and apparently his time on the shelf has triggered something of a reawakening in him.
The Atlanta Braves slugger told reporters on Wednesday that he plans to play third base for the team upon his return from injury.
“[My] mindset is to return as a third baseman,” said Freeman, per ESPN. “I mentioned it and said I’d be willing to move over to third base to accommodate Matt [Adams], who’s been pretty spectacular for us. It really happened yesterday when I was walking to the field.
“I’m completely on board with it, want to do it,” he added. “Gotta keep Matt’s bat in the lineup, and I’ll do anything to win. So this is what we came to.”
Freeman has been sidelined since breaking his left wrist on May 17. The injury prompted the Braves to acquire Adams in a trade with the St. Louis Cardinals as a fill-in. Adams has been phenomenal for them since, batting .296/.349/.635 with 10 home runs and 27 RBIs in just 29 games.
As for Freeman, he has been a first baseman for his entire eight-season MLB career and has played 935 of his 946 career games at first. ESPN also notes that he hasn’t played third base since 2007 when he was a 17-year-old in the rookie Gulf Coast League. But the 32-38 Braves, currently a surprising second in the NL East, do indeed need to find a way to keep Adams’ bat in the lineup, and it sounds like the always-flexible Freeman is here for it.