Freeman’s 20 appearances in 37 team games was only one behind the major league leader before Saturday. But since getting that brief respite the lefty hasn’t been used on consecutive days.
Contrast that with his early grind, when Freeman pitched on consecutive days four times in the first four weeks of the season, including one stretch of three consecutive days.
For the season, he has a .137 opponents’ average and .454 opponents’ OPS, allowing seven hits and 12 walks with 17 strikeouts in 16-1/3 innings, for a 1.16 WHIP. And the 26 lefty batters he’s faced were hitless with five walks, nine strikeouts and a .192 OPS.
Freeman has also been effective most nights against right-handed batters, who were 7-for-30 (.233) with one extra-base hit (double) and a .635 OPS against Freeman before Saturday.
Five of the six earned runs he allowed all season came in those two games April 21-23 against the Mets and Reds. In his other 18 appearances before Saturday, Freeman allowed just five hits and one earned run in 16 innings (0.56 ERA).