Freeman trying to rediscover consistent stroke

Freeman trying to rediscover consistent stroke

PHILADELPHIA -- When Freddie Freeman returned to Citizens Bank Park on Sunday morning, he made sure to watch video of his three-run home run off Roy Halladay in the first inning of Saturday's win over the Phillies. Freeman is hoping the long ball will spark him down the stretch and allow him to escape the inconsistencies that have plagued him over the past month.

"I'm really struggling to find that consistent swing," Freeman said."It's like one swing feels great -- like with my first at-bat Saturday -- and then all of the sudden I'm under everything. I don't know if it's the same thing that happened to me last September. I'm just trying to get my swing back. I think we're almost there. There is light at the end of the tunnel."

Freeman batted .282 with 13 home runs and a .817 OPS in his first 95 games of the season. The 23-year-old first baseman entered Sunday hitting .216 with eight home runs and a .771 OPS over the last 42 games.

Freeman has had to deal with some discomfort in his left index finger since getting hit by Marlins shortstop Jose Reyes' throw in early June. But he said the finger has had nothing to do with his most recent struggles.

"Obviously, it's still there but it's not affecting anything," Freeman said. "Some days, it hurts a little more than others. But once the game begins, the adrenaline kicks in and I can't really feel it. It's not affecting my swing at all. It's just one of those slumps that everybody goes through."