Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman remains out of the lineup for Saturday’s game against the Mets as he is still bothered by a sore wrist. He acknowledged yesterday he might miss the whole series against the Mets. He last played on June 17 against the Red Sox, but exited in the seventh inning.
Freeman, 25, has been by far the Braves’ most productive hitter this season, batting .299/.367/.520 with 12 home runs and 41 RBI. In terms of OPS, the Braves’ second- and third-best hitters are Cameron Maybin and Kelly Johnson with a .765 OPS, 122 points lower. One might argue that the Braves will miss Freeman a lot while he’s out.
Last night Cardinals closer Carlos Martinez picked up his 20th save in his team’s win over the Nats. This past weekend was far less fun for him.
Martinez rejoined the team yesterday, two days after he was hospitalized to deal with respiratory issues that were ultimately determined to be allergies and asthma, which have given him issues over the past couple of years. Martinez said that he was having trouble breathing during Saturday’s game against the Brewers at Busch Stadium and went to the hospital for tests. He stayed overnight and was released on Sunday.
Yesterday was back to business. He came into the game with two outs in the ninth and threw only two pitches. Strike one to Ryan Zimmerman before getting him to line out to center field and end the game. Sure beats the hospital.