In his first game since May 2, third baseman David Freese displayed on Tuesday what the Los Angeles Angels were hoping to see from their offseason acquisition.
The 31-year-0ld in Tuesday’s 9-3 win over the Houston Astros had a productive night as he had two hits to the tune of four RBIs, and one run scored in four at-bats. This was a great sign for the Angels given Freese’s struggles this season prior to suffering a broken finger. Freese was supposed to step in and produce in his new team’s lineup that was a top-10 offense in several different statistical categories in 2013. But instead Freese struggled to produce and went into a long slump that lasted for about the first month and half of the season.
It was not until a couple of games prior to his injury that the four-year veteran looked to be getting out of his offensive struggles, going on a five-game hitting streak that included one home run, one RBI and five runs scored, raising his batting average from .143 to .202 during that span.
So with Freese’s productive game on Tuesday, it could be just the start of him steadily improving and playing like the player that the Angels thought he would be when they traded for him this past offseason. It may be a sense of too much optimism at this point in time, but when it come down to it, baseball is a game of momentum, and he is coming off his best performance as a Halo.
Ultimately, his trip to the DL has the potential be a blessing disguise for Los Angeles as Freese could build off of his hitting streak, and finally become comfortable at the plate to begin hitting like the player who was named a World Series MVP.