Freeman’s .980 OPS ranked third in the National League and fifth in the majors before Wednesday, behind Boston’s David Ortiz (1.029), the Angels’ Mike Trout (1.000), Washington’s Daniel Murphy (.987) and Cincinnati’s Joey Votto (.983).
“Doing nothing different,” the typically modest Freeman said after Tuesday’s win, the 20th in 33 games for the Braves and eighth in the past nine games. “Things are going through and I’m hitting pitches I was missing early in the season. There’s nothing really to it, just trying to get a good pitch to hit and put a good swing on it.”
Since Freeman doesn’t like to say much about his hitting prowess, we’ll turn to Braves rookie outfielder Mallex Smith, who has made mental notes watching Freeman’s performance. Asked how good Freeman has been, Smith smiled.
“Freddie? He’s amazing,” Smith said. “That is a professional hitter, everybody. He’s the man. You just kind of stay out of his way and watch. In a lot of ways, I’m still a fan of guys in the clubhouse, because I watched them (in the past). You know, like I’m just getting up here, so it’s still kind of, like, fun to see them play.
“Freddie Freeman been locking down first base since he was, what, 21? 20? It’s just nice to see a professional just do his thing. It’s the same thing every day, he carries himself the same way, doesn’t get too high, don’t get too low and just takes care of his business. He’s a true professional. He’s fun to watch and be around.”