Freeman said Tuesday that he's tentatively planning on opening the 2021 season as the Braves' No. 3 hitter, Gabe Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Freeman started out last season in the three hole, but he ultimately moved into the No. 2 spot for his final 17 starts of the abbreviated campaign. The first baseman posted a monstrous 1.202 OPS as the No. 2 hitter compared to a .982 OPS batting third, but that difference can probably be chalked up to a small sample of plate appearances more than anything else. Whatever spot he occupies, Freeman should be an elite source of counting stats in a potent Braves lineup while also giving fantasy managers a solid foundation in both batting average and on-base percentage. Like many established stars around the league, Freeman is being eased into game action this spring, with his Grapefruit League debut coming Friday against the Twins, according to Mark Bowman of MLB.com.
Freeman has arrived in Florida and should begin on-field workouts early this week once he clears intake testing, Gabriel Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The first baseman got a delayed start to camp after his wife gave birth last weekend, but there are no worries about him being ready for Opening Day. Freeman is coming off an MVP campaign, and with free agency potentially looming next offseason, he figures to be locked in from the jump.
Freeman has yet to arrive at camp for Atlanta after his wife gave birth to their third child Sunday, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
"Not a big deal at all," manager Brian Snitker said. "Most of the time, he gets hot the first 10 days then gets bored for 10 days and gets it back going. Not worried about him at all. I'll be honest with you, he doesn't need to be here." Freeman, who is heading into the final season of his current contract, is expected to report later this week and will then need a couple days to get through the league's COVID-19 protocols before he'll be able to get on the field, leaving him plenty of time to prepare for the regular season.
Manager Brian Snitker told reporters Freeman could bat third this season, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
Freeman split time between the second and third spot in the Braves' lineup last season, hitting third on 32 occasions and second 26 times. Looking ahead to the 2021 campaign, Snitker reasoned that with currently no designated hitter in the National League, slotting Freeman into the three hole would allow him more RBI chances.
Freeman was named the 2020 National League Most Valuable Player on Thursday.
Freeman is Atlanta's first MVP since 1999 as he received 28 of 30 first-place votes, while Mookie Betts received the other two votes and finished in second in the voting. Freeman appeared in all 60 games during the shortened 2020 season, slashing .341/.462/.640 with 13 home runs, 53 RBI, 45 walks and 37 strikeouts.
Freeman went 2-for-5 with a double, one run and two RBI during Thursday's win over the Dodgers in Game 4 of the NLCS.
The veteran first baseman gave the Braves a 2-1 lead during the sixth inning with an RBI double off Clayton Kershaw, and he brought home an insurance run during eighth with an RBI single. Freeman is in the midst of a five-game hit streak, going 8-for-18 with two homers, one double, five runs, six RBI and three walks during that stretch.
Freeman feels good after being hit in the elbow by a pitch Tuesday and is starting Game 3 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Wednesday, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
Freeman was hit by a pitch on his right elbow, but manager Brian Snitker said that his star player felt good Wednesday. He received treatment from the training staff overnight and will play first base and bat second for Wednesday's contest.
Freeman went 1-for-4 with a walk and a solo homer in Monday's NLCS Game 1 win against the Dodgers.
Freeman opened the scoring in the top of the first, taking Walker Buehler deep. The homer was his third in 20 career postseason games. He's hitting just .182 in six playoff games this season, though his six walks give him a strong .379 on-base percentage.
Freeman went 1-for-1 with a two-run home run and a walk in Friday's 8-7 extra-innings win over the Red Sox.
Freeman pinch hit for Tyler Flowers in the ninth inning and drew a walk, but couldn't come around to break the tie. In the 11th, he took matters into his own hands with a walkoff two-run shot off Red Sox reliever Jeffrey Springs. That was Freeman's 13th homer of the year, to go with 53 RBI, 50 runs scored, two stolen bases and a .341/.461/.644 slash line through 58 games.
Freeman is not in the lineup Friday against the Red Sox.
Freeman started the past 44 games but will receive the day off Friday as the Braves begin their final series of the regular season. Austin Riley moves over to first base while Adeiny Hechavarria starts at the hot corner.
Freeman went 3-for-5 with a two-run home run and three total runs scored during Tuesday's 11-1 win over the Marlins.
With the third-highest batting average and second-highest OPS in the league, Freeman is squarely in the MVP race. He is slashing .347/.463/.643 through 199 at-bats this season.
Freeman went 0-for-2 with three walks, one run and one strikeout in Sunday's win against the Mets.
Freeman struck out four times in Saturday's contest, but he displayed more patience at the plate in the series finale against New York. The 31-year-old carries a career-best 1.097 OPS with 11 home runs, 48 RBI and 45 runs in 2020.
Freeman went 3-for-5 with two doubles, two RBI, a walk and a run scored in a 15-2 win over the Mets on Friday.
It was the third time this month that Freeman has recorded three hits in a game. The highlight of his night came early on, when he roped a two-run double into right field to extend the lead to 3-0. Freeman is enjoying a spectacular September in which he is hitting .439/.537/.848 with six home runs, 27 RBI and 17 runs scored in 17 games. The four-time All-Star continues to be one of the strongest hitters in an explosive Braves lineup that's averaging over seven runs per game during the final month of the regular season.
Freeman went 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored during the Braves' 5-1 win over the Orioles on Tuesday.
Freeman is slashing a monstrous .500/.559/1.033 through his past 30 at-bats, including 14 RBI. He has reached base safely in 31 consecutive contests and is rapidly building a candidacy for MVP consideration.
Freeman went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in Monday's 14-1 loss to Baltimore.
Atlanta was already down 13-0 when Freeman launched a solo shot in the sixth inning, but at least it prevented the shutout. The 31-year-old slugger is on an absolute heater right now, collecting multiple hits in six of his last seven games. He's up to 11 long balls and 44 RBI alongside a stellar 1.105 OPS for the season.
Freeman went 2-for-3 with two walks, a double, two runs scored and a stolen base in Sunday's win over the Nationals.
The steal was his first of the year. Freeman is putting together an MVP-caliber campaign, slashing .339/.459/.625 -- numbers which would all be career highs -- with 10 homers, 40 runs and 43 RBI through 47 games.
Freeman went 2-for-4 with two two-run home runs in Thursday's 7-6 win over the Nationals.
After tallying a homer and six RBI in Wednesday's blowout win over Miami, Freeman picked up right where he left off Thursday. The first baseman's pair of two run-shots brought him to 10 long balls and a major-league leading 42 RBI on the campaign. The 30-year-old is hitting at a robust .333/.450/.635 clip.
Freeman went 3-for-6 with a home run, six RBI and two runs Wednesday in the Braves' 29-9 beatdown of the Marlins.
Freeman's evening was highlighted by a two-run, line-drive homer in the third and a liner that took a wicked hop and bounced off Jazz Chisholm before dribbling into right field for a bases-clearing double. The first baseman leads the team with a .329 batting average and .449 on-base percentage on the season and has now collected 16 RBI over his last six games.
Freeman went 1-for-2 with two walks and two RBI on Monday against the Marlins.
Freeman stayed hot at the plate, delivering a two-RBI double in the opening frame. After slugging a pair of grand slams in the team's weekend series against the Nationals, Freeman now has 10 RBI across his past four starts. He's been stellar overall this season, hitting .317/.446/.570 with seven home runs, 33 runs scored and 32 RBI across 175 plate appearances.
Freeman went 1-for-4 with a grand slam, two runs, one walk and one strikeout in Sunday's win against the Nationals.
Freeman blasted the first grand slam of his career Friday, and he now has two over the past three games following Sunday's performance. The 30-year-old had his 18-game hit streak snapped Saturday, but he bounced back by reaching base twice in Sunday's series finale. Freeman now has a 1.000 OPS with seven home runs and 30 RBI this year.
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