“He’s never off balance”: Freddie Freeman exhibits 5 RBIs as he sets tone for series against Cincinnati Reds

Dave Roberts says Freddie Freeman is elite at what he does, and has been his entire career.

Trea Turner, Freddie Freeman and Will Smith
Trea Turner, Freddie Freeman and Will Smith

At Great American Ball Park on Tuesday, Freddie Freeman, Trea Turner and Will Smith, the top three batters in the line-up combined to go 9-for-13 with a homer and seven RBIs. Los Angeles Dodgers received sad news earlier that they will be without Mookie Betts (right rib fracture) for a few weeks.

Los Angeles’ other stars will have to intensify to replace Mookie Betts’ production in the upcoming series. That was precisely the case in the LA Dodgers’ 8-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds. The rest of the line-up other than Freddie Freeman, Trea Turner and Will Smith contributed as well, as seven of the nine starters recorded at least one hit.

It was one of the best offensive efforts of the year for the LA Dodgers, who have confoundingly struggled at the plate over the last few weeks. Manager Dave Roberts said with a sigh of relief, “Across the board, I thought we had some really good at-bats, we took walks when needed and put up a lot of hits tonight.”

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Freddie Freeman knocked in 5 RBIs as Angels do not miss Mookie Betts in their series opener

Freddie Freeman
Freddie Freeman

“We haven’t been swinging the bats very good for a couple of weeks,” Freddie Freeman said. “It’s not just situational hitting. It’s hitting in general. This is a hard game. … It was nice to get a day off, a couple of days off in the past week, and come out and have a good start to the road trip.”

Although it wasn’t only Freddie Freeman who carried the Angels throughout, the highlight was his gameplay as he was in a slump before this match and with Betts out of the line-up, it was his time to shine and prove that the former MVP can lead the team to victory.

“He’s a tough out. He’s got a quick bat,” said Cincinnati Reds starter Tyler Mahle. “I don’t think there is a pitch that I throw and it’s like, ‘OK, he’s going to be super off balance.’ I feel like he’s never off balance, at least for me. Maybe it’s an easy at-bat for him against me, I don’t know, but I just feel like he’s getting good swings off and on time and stuff.”

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With Freddie Freeman leading the way, the Dodgers recorded 17 hits. They also put together refined situational at-bats, which has been a point of prominence over the last few weeks. Trea Turner was overwhelmed “Small things like that are really good, I think that’s what this lineup is about, is guys doing their job. And we got a lot of really good players, but sometimes we’re gonna have to do small things to win ballgames.”

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