Initially the Dodgers had just four All-Stars set to take the field for the Midsummer Classic this coming Tuesday at Chavez Ravine. Outfielder Mookie Betts and shortstop Trea Turner earned starting spots on the NL squad from the fan vote. Standout pitchers Clayton Kershaw and Tony Gonsolin were selected to the pitching staff.
Earlier this week, fellow LA starter Tyler Anderson was added to the NL roster as an injury replacement for Giants pitcher Carlos Rodón.
On Sunday afternoon, the red-hot hitting Freddie Freeman was added to the All-Star Game.
ALL-STAR, FREDDIE FREEMAN. ?? pic.twitter.com/7A52YLLtNX
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) July 18, 2022
His recent performance certainly didn’t help his chances. In his last six games, Freeman owns an other-worldly 1.929 OPS in 28 plate appearances. During his hot-streak, Freddie has eight extra-base hits, three home runs and five doubles, and has collected seven RBI. But the most impressive stat of all might be the fact that he’s struck out just once since July 10th.
Right now, there isn’t a better hitter in baseball.
This weekend, Freeman admitted that he knows the good times won’t last forever.
“You don’t talk about it. You just try to ride it as long as you can until it suddenly ends – because this is baseball and it is going to end, unfortunately. It just feels like I’m recognizing strikes and I’m hitting the strikes. I’m not fouling many pitches off. When I swing I hit it and I’m not fouling any good pitches off. You’re just trying to get good pitches to hit and I’ve been hitting them lately.”
There’s no debate that Freddie is All-Star worthy and now, Dodgers fans can look forward to seeing six LA players take the field for a historic All-Star Game.
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