The Braves are 34 games under .500. Pretty much their only good player is Freddie Freeman. This is more or less by design—Atlanta dumped a bunch of talent so they would be at their worst right before moving into their boondoggle of a new suburban stadium, but they kept Freeman around as a lifeline to their remaining fans.
Freeman has responded by playing in all but two games and setting a career high in home runs, all of which is to say that it’s a good thing he didn’t shatter his back into 82 pieces and completely sever his spine attempting to catch this foul ball in Arizona last night.
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In fact, Freeman hit an RBI single an inning later. The Braves probably don’t deserve him.