Freddie Freeman, MVP. That has a nice ring to it.
Freeman, who recently set an Atlanta franchise record by reaching base in 12 consecutive plate appearances, is among the National League leaders in batting average (.407), on-base percentage (.500) and OPS+ (289). He leads all Braves with six homers.
Freeman finished sixth in MVP voting last year.
The Sporting News’ Jason Foster writes that he believes the Braves’ slugger can’t be overlooked this season:
The Braves probably aren't going to be a winning team this season, but that shouldn't take attention away from what Freeman has done and is doing. (For the record, he was my preseason pick to win the NL MVP. See proof here and here.)
If all goes according to plan, winning will return to Atlanta soon enough. That could coincide with Freeman's absolute peak, which, given his numbers last season and so far this season, could be quite the impressive showing. Attention will surely come then. But Freeman also deserves a lot now.
Too early to give Freeman a nod? Think he can keep it up?