Sep 8, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) rubs his knees after crashing into a railing while chasing a foul ball during the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies defeated the Braves 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Should The Atlanta Braves Rest Freddie Freeman?

The Atlanta Braves huge 6’5″ 225 pound first baseman Freddie Freeman has been the Braves’ MVP this year, picking up 96 RBIs with 19 homers and a .305 batting average.  He’s been particularly dangerous with runners in scoring position with a .440 average this season.  But should Fredi Gonzalez rest Freeman towards the end of the season in prep for October?

I believe they should…

If you watch Freeman during the last few game, in particular the last couple weeks, he has had a consistent limp to his walk/run.  I noticed this when attending a game and thought to myself “he is walking back to the dugout gingerly, I hope nothing is wrong.”

Towards the end of August, Freeman had only two hits in his last six games and then now in September Freedie is 7-27 which comes out to a .259 batting average.

In 2013, he has appeared in 128 games out of the Braves 142 contests and missed over two weeks in early April.  Though he’s only 23-years-old, that isn’t a lot of rest.

Sep 8, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) fails to catch a foul ball during the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies defeated the Braves 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

On Sunday, Freeman banged into the fence at Citizens Bank Park after attempting to catch a popup in foul territory, but the good news is that the Braves don’t expect him to miss any time.

“I think he just banged it up a little bit.  He’s fine.  It’s just one of those things I think we’re going to have to manage a little bit and hopefully down the road here we can give him a couple days.  But nothing major.”

But if we rest him now, we’d have a rested up, strong Freddie Freeman that we need if we want to go far in October.  Do I want Freeman out of the lineup?  Absolutely not.  But if he has any injury now, it will just aggravate him through the playoffs.

On a lighter note, below is Freddie with buddy Chris Johnson during a selfie on the plane to Philly

 

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