(BaseballStL) -- It wasn’t that long ago that David Freese was a World Series hero. But 2011 seems very far away, now that he’s fighting for playing time at third base.
Through 112 games, Freese has just 6 home runs and 48 RBIs, to go along with a .265 batting average.
Freese was expected to provide power in the middle of the Cardinals lineup. Instead, the Wildwood native has spent the season trying to find his stroke, while trying to maintain his spot in the lineup. Second baseman Kolten Wong’s promotion to the majors allows Matt Carpenter to move back to his natural position at third, and forces Freese into a platoon situation.
Wong brings something to the Cardinals that they haven’t had: speed. He stole 20 bases in 21 attempts before his call up. Defensively, Wong won the Baseball America Award for the best defender at his position in each of his three minor league seasons. Meanwhile, Carpenter is a having a career season as a leadoff man.
While Freese’s .265 average may be respectable, the Cardinals needed more.
However, Freese’s bat has been showing signs of life heading into Friday’s series with Pittsburgh. Even though he’s hitting just .235 in his last 10 games, Freese was 4 for 16 with an RBI in his last four ontests.