Dodgers Quick Hits: Dodgers Come up Clutch by Adding David Freese
The Dodgers squeezed in a last-minute addition last night before the deadline to add postseason eligible players. The Dodgers added David Freese from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Dodgers acquired David Freese last night in a move that beat the buzzer on adding playoff eligible players via waiver trades. The Dodgers traded minor league infielder Jesus Valdez to Pittsburgh. Waiver trades can still happen but players acquired starting today would not be eligible for the playoffs.
This season Freese has hit .282 with nine home runs and 42 RBI’s. Freese has hit about the same against left and right-handed pitching with a .284 average against lefties and a .280 average against righties. For his career splits, Freese has hit thirty-five points higher against lefties with an even .300 average.
Freese has some versatility on the corners as he can play first base and third base. His best trait is his tendency to come up clutch. When the Cardinals won their latest World Series in 2011, Freese was the NLCS and World Series MVP.
Freese came up clutch twice in the sixth game of the 2011 World Series. First, he tripled in the tying runs with the Cardinals down to their last strike in game six. Then in the eleventh inning, Freese hit a walk-off home run to force a game seven that the Cardinals ending up winning. The Dodgers added a playoff proven clutch performer in David Freese.
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