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The Legend of David Freese

Freese is showing up big in the postseason again

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at St. Louis Cardinals Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

October 5th, 2011.

That was the day that the postseason legend of David Freese began.

Freese blasted a two-run homer to center to extend the Cards’ lead in Game 4 of the 2011 NLDS against Philadelphia, helping force a decisive Game 5, which the Cardinals ultimately won.

Then, in the NLCS against Milwaukee, Freese won the NLCS MVP award after hitting .545 with 3 home runs, drove in 9 runs, and scored 7 runs.

The best was yet to come, as most Cardinal fans will remember. If you’re new to Cardinal Nation, let me give you a refresher.

The Texas Rangers were leading the World Series 3-2, and Game 6 itself by a score of 7-5. In the bottom of the 9th, with two on and two out, David Freese stepped to the plate.

Freese took the 1-2 pitch and drove it for a game tying triple.

David wasn’t done there.

Freese led off the bottom of the 11th with a solo homer to send the series to Game 7.

In the decisive Game 7, Freese hit a two-run double in the bottom of the 1st for his 20th and 21st RBIs of the 2011 postseason, an MLB record. The Cardinals went on to win Game 7 over Texas 6-2, and Freese was named not only World Series MVP, but the MVP of hte entire 2011 postseason.

The 2012 season was statistically the best season of Freese’s career, making the All-Star team as part of the Final Vote done by baseball fans. David hit a career-best .293 with 79 RBIs and 20 home runs that season, but struggled in the NLCS against the eventual champion San Francisco Giants.

After struggling in 2013, the lifelong-Cardinals-fan Freese was traded to the Los Angeles Angels as part of the deal that brought Peter Bourjos and Randal Grichuk to St. Louis.

Freese had fairly average seasons with LAA and his bext stop in Pittsburgh which brought him into this season. The Pirates traded Freese to the Los Angeles Dodgers on August 31st. A deal that at the time didn’t seem big, but may loom large for the Dodgers.

The 2018 season for Freese looked a lot like the rest of his career. A .282 batting average with 42 RBIs in a more limited role this season. After the trade however, Freese has become a pinch hitting force. .385 with 9 RBIs in only 39 at-bats. Add to that a ridiculous 1.130 OPS, which is almost .300 higher than any other season-long OPS in his career.

Which leads to the 2018 NLDS against the Atlanta Braves. Game 1 saw Freese get a pinch-hit sacrifice fly to give the Dodgers a little more of a cushion in their 6-0 victory.

The return of the clutch David Freese came this past Monday on October 8th. Just a little over 7 years from the start of this legend.

Top of the 6th, 2 outs, runners on 2nd and 3rd, and a 3-2 count.

Here we go again.

Freese ripped a two-run single up the middle to give the Dodgers a 3-2 lead, and LA would go on to win Game 4 and advance to the NLCS.

Oddly enough, against the Milwaukee Brewers - where the playoff legend of David Freese began.

So in a season where things didn’t quite end up going the Cards’ way, hopefully a man that calls St. Louis his home can inject a little magic into the rest of the MLB postseason.

And maybe, just maybe, add to the postseason legend that is David Freese.

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