“I have very high expectations of myself” - Freddie Freeman addresses rough offensive stretch, commits to improving performance

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Freddie Freeman addresses his offensive slump

Almost a week ago, Freddie Freeman was struggling at the plate, with even LA Dodgers manager Dave Roberts calling it a 'slump.'

It's a rare sight from someone who has seven All-Star selections and only having one home run after playing 28 games. But Freeman knows that if he puts in the grind, there's no sealing for him.

“It is a slump and it is very unusual for a guy like Freddie,” Roberts said.

On Friday, Freeman contributed an RBI in the Dodgers 12-2 victory over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

After the game, the first baseman was interviewed by Kirsten Watson from SportsNet LA, where he discussed his return to Toronto and the rough stretch he's going through offensively.

"Yeah, we all go through hiccups here and there you try and keep them as short as you possibly can because it's just part of baseball," Freeman said.
"Obviously didn't get off to the start. I wanted to and still there's some days I feel better some days. It's still a grind and I still I'm still grind. I don't feel the way I want to feel but also, I have very high expectations of myself."

Freddie Freeman added that he's putting in the grind and taking extra batting sessions to get back in the groove. With so much experience, he knows that it will organically come to him sooner or later.

"So just like yesterday. I felt good the day before I didn't feel that great," Freeman added. "So it's still a work in progress a lot of extra work, You know, I took 10 rounds of BP yesterday. I think I'm only going to take five today."

Freddie Freeman breaks down his swing, sees hip as a major concern

Eye-hand coordination is a major reason at the plate for several hitters when they are having a tough stretch. However, for Freddie Freeman, it has been a different issue, as he broke it down:

“My hip’s gone, which causes everything in my whole swing to cut,” Freeman said.
“I’m in the zone for at least two inches, and that’s it. All I can really do is hit an offspeed down the right field line or foul pitches off, like you saw (Friday), or swing and miss.”

Although he's in a slump, Freddie Freeman is hitting better than an average major league hitter, but given his standards, it can be termed less than expected.

He's hitting .304 on the season. He has compiled 31 hits, 17 RBIs, and 19 walks but only one home run. The home run column can see an uptick as he puts in the hours in batting sessions.

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