Freeman and Colorado’s Nolan Arenado tied for second-highest WAR in the National League, behind the Cubs’ Kris Bryant (7.7).
His career-best 2016 season began inauspiciously for Freeman, who hit .242 with 20 extra-base hits (nine homers), 18 RBIs and a .414 slugging percentage in his first 61 games through June 12. He was perhaps the league’s hottest hitter the rest of the way, batting .340 with 63 extra-base hits (25 homers) and a .666 slugging percentage in his last 97 games.
The Braves were 49-48 in the latter stretch, after going 18-43 in his first 61 games.
Freeman has a good chance for another top-five MVP finish when that award is announced next month by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. He’s a candidate for a Silver Slugger award and was a finalist for the NL Hank Aaron Award, which went to Bryant on Wednesday.