If fans forgot what a red-hot hitter looks like, look no further than Dodgers first baseman Freddie Freeman. In his last four games, Freddie is 13-for-16 with six extra-base hits. His torrid hitting has boosted his batting average to .320 on the season. Yet, Freeman did not make the NL All-Star roster for the first time since 2017.
Technically, Freeman wasn’t an All-Star in 2020, but due to the COVID-shortened season, the All-Star game, which was scheduled for Dodger Stadium, never happened.
Considering the fact that Freddie won the MVP year, it’s safe to say he wouldn’t made the cut if the Midsummer Classic was played that year.
After the Dodgers 4-0 win on Thursday over the Cardinals, in which Freeman went 2-for-3 with a double, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts stated that missing the All-Star game has motivated Freddie.
“I think that with great players they’re always looking for something to motivate them. I think that’s something that, there’s some extra little fire I think that he wanted to put an exclamation mark in this first-half.”
Doc then added:
“He’s as good a player that’s omitted from the All-Star team that I can imagine.”
Freeman, along with shortstop Trea Turner, has played in every game this season for the Dodgers. He ranks first in OPS (.920), first in doubles (30), and first in hits (111) for LA through Thursday.
He should be an All-Star, but instead, he just keeps punishing opposing pitchers.
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