While the Atlanta Braves started the season off very slowly offensively, the team made sure to score some runs for Alex Wood in his first start of the 2014 campaign. As the team starts to hit, they will be a tough team to beat on any given day with their ability to pitch well. Even though the scoring in the 2014 season showed up a game late, it showed up in booming fashion when Jason Heyward hit a 374-foot two-run home run in the top of the fifth inning.
More impressive was Freddie Freeman, who hit two home runs — one in the sixth and one in the eighth. With that, Freeman has kicked off a 2014 campaign for the Braves that he hopes will lead to another MVP-type season. There is no doubt that if he swings the way he has in the first two games all season, he will be in the running for the award as long as the Braves are contenders.
The curse that Freeman has is that he is almost too much of a singles/doubles hitter and doesn’t hit the 35-40 home runs that the MVP voters like to see for some reason. The scary thing is that people were predicting him to actually drop off in 2014 and possibly drop out of award contention at all. However, it’s hard to imagine that his stats will drop in his 24-year-old season, which is not even close to the prime of most MLB players.
It may be too early for anyone to be considering any player an MVP after only one or two games, but for people to count out Freeman before he has even gotten started doesn’t seem very fair either. He isn’t going to be the 40-HR hitter like Giancarlo Stanton, but he is possibly the best overall hitter in the NL East and deserves some recognition throughout the year.