Aug 18, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (right) greets right fielder Jason Heyward (left) at home plate after Heyward hit a solo home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

He's Back! Freddie Freeman is Trending

I don’t know that I’d use the term “streaky”, but Freddie Freeman has had some fairly pronounced periods of up-and-down trends in his hitting this year.  And as you might expect for someone hitting in the middle of the order, his trends have been setting the pace for the Braves as things have progressed this season.

 

Let’s See the Chart

The following chart (click it for a bigger version) shows Freeman’s cumulative batting average after each game.  The yellow line shows his current average of .296.  He started red-hot in April and then tapered off after the first three weeks of the season.  Then it’s been a cycle of ups and downs.

FreemanChart

Note also the blue bars along the bottom.  Each one represent a Braves’ team win.  It’s pretty easy to note that – most of the time – when Freddie is cold, so are the Braves.  When he’s on fire:  that’s when win streaks start happening.  For sure, most of the team’s wins have occurred while his batting average is above the .285-.290 mark.

And yes:  right now things are definitely trending in the right direction… a particularly good time given that the current competition (the Pirates now and the Reds coming up) are teams that need to be beaten down in the race for one of those Wild Card playoff spots.

 

A Few Other Highlights

  • Freddie Freeman has been on base 215 times this year so far.  That’s the second most in all of baseball.
  • He’s now hitting a robust .391 in the month of August – with a .480 OBP and 1.076 OPS.
  • Fangraphs shows his offensive contribution rating this month as 8.9 – #1 in the majors.
  • Rumor has it that he even stole a base this month.
  • Heck, he probably writes new signs for Hunter Pence in his spare time.

 

Welcome back, Freddie:  we do so miss you when you’re gone.

 

 

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