Just over 100 games into the season, at a time when some rookies start to fade, Freddie Freeman keeps getting better.
The Braves’ 21-year-old first baseman had another three-hit game Wednesday to raise his average to .287. He also made another diving catch of a line drive in the late innings with a runner on base, his third such catch in two nights.
Freeman hit .325 with 29 extra-base hits and a .386 on-base percentage in his past 58 games before Thursday, and had eight homers, 24 RBIs, a .409 OBP and 1.004 on-base-plus-slugging percentage (OPS) in his past 30 games.
He extended his career-best hitting streak to 12 games with a first-inning single Thursday.
“He’s just getting started,” second baseman Dan Uggla said of the 6-foot-5 California native, whose 11 three-hit games were more that double the next-highest Braves total. “He’s kind of a freak of nature, him and [Jason] Heyward both. They’re both so talented, yet so humble.
“Freddie, he’s acclimated now