Atlanta Braves Look to Protect Freddie Freeman
Freddie Freeman is scorching hot for the Atlanta Braves with 14 RBIs in the month of June to vault himself into the top 10 in the National League with 48 RBIs.
The New York Mets watched Freeman deliver the game-winning two-run home run on Monday and clearly decided they would not let him beat them on Tuesday in either game as they walked him four times. How did the Braves respond?
The Braves went 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position in the nightcap and were one key hit away from winning the first game. In game one, Freeman came to the plate in the eighth inning with runners on second and third and two outs in a 4-3 game. The Mets promptly walked Freeman, and Chris Johnson followed with a strikeout in the loss.
In the second game, B.J. Upton hit behind Freeman and grounded out and flied out in similar chances to put some runs on the board.
Manager Fredi Gonzalez will counter with a lineup change in Wednesday night’s contest in hopes of avoiding a similar outcome.
Tonight’s lineup vs NYM (7:10, SS/680AM/BRN): Schafer 9 Simmons 6 Freeman 3 JUpton 7 McCann 2 BUpton 8 Uggla 4 CJohnson 5 Medlen 1
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) June 19, 2013
The big change in the lineup is the flip-flop of Freeman and Justin Upton in the middle of the order. Gonzalez is attempting to deter the Mets from intentionally walking Freeman by placing one of the most powerful hitters in the National League behind him. One would think facing Justin Upton rather than B.J. Upton or Chris Johnson would make the Mets think twice before putting up the four fingers.
We will find out in a couple of hours if the move pays dividends for the Braves’ offense.