Deacon Jones Womens Jersey It seems odd to say that a two-time All-Star on one of baseball’s more popular teams could be a super-underrated commodity, but that’s where we are with Freddie Freeman.
Ignore for a moment that it’s early. Ignore that looks are sometimes deceiving. Ignore that it’s silly to jump to conclusions in April. Ignore all that to consider this: Freeman, who’s already out-performing nearly all other National League hitters in 2017, could be on his way to an MVP season — and a relative few give him much attention at all.
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Call this early crazy talk or a long shot if you want, but the Braves’ first baseman has flown criminally under the baseball radar the past couple of seasons as he’s developed into one of the game’s most exciting bats.
The skid: Haven’t made the World Series, ever (franchise started as Montreal Expos in 1969)
Need to know: You can’t think about this franchise’s drought without wondering what might have happened had the 1994 season not been canceled, with the Expos atop the National League with a 74-40 record, at least six games better than every other team. Sigh. The 2017 Nationals are in prime position to break the drought — if superstar Bryce Harper bounces back from a mediocre 2016 season and the stellar rotation stays healthy.
Royals starting pitcher Jason Vargas continued his electric form while out-dueling Madison Bumgarner in a 2-0 win. Vargas tossed seven scoreless innings with nine strikeouts. He is now 3-0 with a 0.44 ERA this season.
Mookie Betts’ strikeout streak. Betts entered Wednesday night in the midst of an incredible streak of consecutive plate appearances without a strikeout. Unfortunately, his streak ended at 129 during the fourth inning of a 3-0 loss against the Blue Jays.