Atlanta Braves’ Freddie Freeman Delivers in Series Finale

Freddie Freeman Atlanta Braves

Brad Barr-USA Today Sports

Freddie Freeman released some serious frustration to the media earlier this month.

Optimism ran high for a career-year in 2013, hitting clean-up in a formidable lineup. The first baseman got off to a hot start as he posted a .412 batting average through the first week of the season. This was after his unfortunate 2012 season that saw him suffer through a knee and finger injury, as well as vision problems. 2013 looked to be a fresh start for the 23-year-old.

Then Freeman grabbed his oblique in a game against the Chicago Cubs, and the Atlanta Braves decided to place him on the 15-day disabled list despite the fervent protests that he was not a fan of the decision.

He returned to the lineup on April 23, but it wasn’t until Sunday that he truly made his return.

Freeman unleashed some more frustration by going 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in the Braves’ 9-4 win over the New York Mets on Sunday.

The true sign that Freeman could be in line for a hot streak was his display of power to the opposite field. He drove his third inning two-RBI double to left field, and his solo home run cleared the 380 sign in left-center. He is most dangerous when he utilizes all parts of the field as he displayed on Sunday.

His three-hit game on Sunday was his second since returning from the DL, but he had just one extra-base hit in that time frame–a double in Colorado. Since the injury, his average dropped from .412 to .288 entering Sunday’s game.

The Braves lineup has been a thing of beauty or unwatchable to this point in 2013. They could use a more steady approach night-in and night-out. Freeman is a player who can provide that consistency each night.

The 2013 season could still be that career year that he and many Braves’ fans envisioned at the start of the season.

Around the Web