Freeman on pace to eclipse 100 RBIs

Freeman on pace to eclipse 100 RBIs

NEW YORK -- Freddie Freeman spent a little more than a month battling vision problems and an injured left index finger. But with six weeks remaining in the season, he is positioned to be the first first baseman since Andres Galarraga to compile a 100-RBI season while playing for the Braves.

After matching a career-best five-RBI performance on Saturday, Freeman entered Sunday on pace to total 106 RBIs this season. Galarraga notched his final 100-RBI season with the Braves in 2000.

"I'm getting there," Freeman said. "I've still got to battle my finger and all of that other stuff. But everything is healthy enough now to where I can control everything. I'm getting back to where I'm able to drive balls through the middle. Hopefully, I can keep going."

Once Freeman seemed to find a solution to his vision problems in early June, he spent the next two weeks battling the finger injury. In the 46 games he has played since returning to the lineup for good on June 19, he has batted .321 with six home runs and a .933 OPS.

Freeman's three-run home run off Jeremy Hefner in the second inning of Saturday's win over the Mets soared over the Mets Home Run Apple located beyond Citi Field's center-field fence. According to hittracker.com, the home run was the longest of his career and the second longest hit in the four-season history of the stadium.