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Dodgers’ Freddie Freeman Knows His Hot Streak is Coming

Freddie Freeman’s game Monday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks was one of his most productive of the season. His sixth career grand slam had something to do with it.

The 415-foot blast to center field came on a 2-and-1 fastball at the knees. He finished the night 2-for-4 with a season-high four RBIs.

“Just trying to get a pitch to hit,” Freeman told reporters including the Orange County Register’s Bill Plunkett. “But I’m always sitting fastball. I haven’t come off the fastball in 15 years.”

Freeman is batting .286 this season with 54 hits, 31 runs scored, five home runs and 29 RBIs. For most hitters, those are solid numbers, but Freeman isn’t most hitters. He’s a seven-time All-Star and feels like he should be doing more.

“It feels like I’ve been treading water all year. But when I look at the numbers, they’re okay,” he said. “Just kind of waiting for the really, really hot streak.”

Freeman has been searching for the feeling in his at-bats all season. Manager Dave Roberts acknowledged that, and wasn’t surprised to hear that Freeman was dissatisfied with his offensive production.

“I think with Freddie the great thing about him is it’s not always about results,” Roberts said. “Obviously he likes to get hits and drive runs in. But it’s a feel thing too and he just hasn’t really felt good. He can’t consistently take the swing that he wants to take. But to his credit, he’s in there fighting every pitch and with that gets rewarded with hits and nights like tonight. That’s more important to me – just the fight I see in him every night.”

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Maren Angus

Maren Angus-Coombs was born in Los Angeles and raised in Nashville, Tenn. She is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and has been a sports writer since 2008. Despite being raised in the South, her sports obsession has always been in Los Angeles. She is currently a staff writer for Dodgers Nation and the LA Sports Report Network.

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