Never count on a Freddie Freeman slump to last for long. After a mini slide last week, the Dodger All-Star first baseman is right back on another hot streak. One that’s getting his name into the MVP conversation in the National League.
Every Dodger fan knows Freddie Freeman is having a marvelous season. LA manager Dave Roberts recognizes it and has even gone as far as to compare his offensive consistency to the late great Tony Gwynn.
“I say modern-day (Tony Gwynn) because he manipulates the bat,” Doc told reporters, including Bill Plunkett of the OC Register. “He hits left and right. He uses the whole field. The consistency of what Freddie does with the bat every year says a lot.”
Roberts also agreed that Freeman has the ability to earn himself a batting title sooner or later, possibly even by the end of this season.
Freeman uses the entire field to get his hits as Gwynn did. He has more power than Gwynn did. But Freeman never won a batting title while Gwynn won 8 over the course of his Hall of Fame career. Gwynn never earned the National League MVP whereas Freeman won the prestigious award in 2020, and if his teammate Mookie Betts wasn’t having a remarkable season, Freeman would be among the favorites for the National League MVP this season.
Freeman’s .339 batting average (entering play on Sunday) is third in the National League since he had a minor slump during the last homestand. On Friday, he had 4 hits. He is on pace to have more than 60 doubles to set a Dodger franchise record.
Both Freeman and Gwynn are/were professional hitters, but Freeman might be better than Gwynn.