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Tucker’s Take for 3/3/23: Let’s talk Freddie Freeman!

Hey everyone!! I know we are still about 4 weeks away from opening day, but in our hearts, let’s be honest…baseball season has already begun! There is still a long way to go in spring training, but with a week already under our belts, I wanted to highlight a player that I believe holds maybe more consistent winning potential than any other player; Freddie Freeman.

The 2022 Dodgers were quite a spectacle throughout last year’s season, even if their playoff run wasn’t as deep as many would have expected. Pound for pound, their batting lineup was seemingly unmatched. With players like Mookie Betts, Trea Turner, Justin Turner, Will Smith, Max Muncy, Trayce Thompson, Cody Bellinger, Gavin Lux (this highlight list could seemingly go on forever), there is no wonder this team was so stacked in wins and runs. But the player that was the standout in this lineup is none other than Freddie Freeman. Last season, Freeman’s lowest OPS  was .804 in August alone, and every other month was at least .850. His lowest OBP in any given month was .379, and his lowest batting average was .299. He led the league in hits and looks to be right on track to keep that momentum going this year.

Freddie Freeman is currently rated #3 on MLB’s overall hitting stat list. He’s sitting on a .364 AVG, .462 OBP and a 1.462 OBP. You might be wondering why I am so impressed by an established players’ stats just one week into spring training games. It’s because a large amount of the leagues “established players” are not finding their way to the top of the stat sheets, not near as much as Freddie is. Even his former teammate Trea Turner, (who was right on Freddie’s tail in last years overall hits race) hasn’t even made MLB’s top 72 list right now, and he is boasting stats of 4/9 hits,  .444 AVG, .444 OBP and .888 OPS (not exactly shabby stats).

For some reason, many of this year’s spring training stat leaders are guys that were either in the minors or bench babies last season. Freddie Freeman is a standout, and I predict another breakout performance from him this season. Keep a fully funded eye on him, I don’t think you’ll regret it.

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