This might come as a shocker, but I am only 21 years old and got into baseball in the mid-2000s. Chipper Jones was still playing and killing the Mets, but I have a much longer history watching Freddie Freeman just ruin so many of my evenings.
The 2020 National League MVP basically did this season what he has done to the Mets his entire career. And that’s crush baseballs.
In his career against the Mets, Freddie Freeman has slashed .303/.386/.509 with 27 home runs and 111 RBI. Chipper leads the Mets-Braves rivalry in pretty much every statistical category but Freeman is in the top two or three in just about every category. If the 31-year-old continues to smash baseballs like he has the last number of years, he very well could be at the top of the list for these offensive categories.
Freeman is just as annoying as Chipper was. Every game the Mets play against the Braves it seems like this guy comes through in the clutch.
What’s really crazy to me about Freeman’s work against the Mets is the fact that he has done it in years that the Mets have had the best pitcher in baseball and one of the best staffs in baseball. Prior to the last three seasons, the Braves were rebuilding and Freeman didn’t have much protection in the order while the Mets were rolling out guys like Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey, and so many others yet Freeman always seemed to come out on top.
The most annoying Freddie Freeman moment occurred back in 2013 when the Mets were bad and the Braves won the division. It was a school night so I should have been asleep but I just couldn’t fall asleep because I was watching Dillon Gee throw what was the best game of his career.
The game was initially delayed for a long time and I believe started at 10:30. The Mets finally took a 1-0 lead late in the game, and Gee was cruising along. But in the bottom of the ninth, the Braves had a man on and Freeman at the plate so I knew internally the game was either tied or over following his at bad. It turned out to be over. He hit a walk-off home run at like 1:30 in the morning to win the game. He had three of the five Atlanta hits and ruined my night with one swing of the bat. I was devastated.
With the Mets looking like they will compete this year, I hope Freeman isn’t the guy that wins games for Atlanta when the Mets play them, I don’t know if I can take more of a beating from him than I already have.