When they acquired David Freese this past offseason, the Los Angeles Angels were hoping he would shore up third base with his offense, but he has instead struggled to produce up to this point in this season.
The 31-year-old through has a triple slash of .188/.239/.275 with two home runs, six RBIs and 27 strikeouts through 26 games. This includes striking out at least once in all but four games. However, Freese has seemingly found his groove at the plate. He is on a four-game hitting streak with one home run, one RBI and four runs scored, and he has raised his batting average from .143 to .188 during that span.
Although it is not much, any progress for the four-year veteran is a step in the right direction. This could lead to him hitting like the player he was with the St. Louis Cardinals over the last three years. Freese’s lack of production has seemed to be in line with Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols‘ first months with the team. For each player, it was the change of scenery and self-induced pressure to produce that made it difficult to get it going early in the season.
It has been a frustrating start to his Angels’ career, but just like any sport, self-confidence could go a long way. Freese’s streak could build his confidence at the plate and lead to him being the player Los Angeles expected when they acquired him this past offseason. Right now, it looks like a lot of wishful thinking, but it could happen.
Freese is a talented player and if he can start producing at the All-Star level he is capable of, there is no telling how much better the Angels’ offense will be as they already rank among the top-10 in several offensive categories. Los Angeles does not need him to step out of his skin, but rather play in his comfort zone.
The bottom line here is that the Halos need Freese’s production in their lineup for them stay relevant in the race for an AL West division title with the likes of the Oakland Athletics and Texas Rangers.