With the Oakland A’s set to begin a potentially decisive three-game series in Arlington with the Texas Rangers, Nate Freiman gets the start at first and bats fifth.
For the tall first baseman the starting assignment against Derek Holland will be his first since last Saturday. Getting close to a week between starts is nothing new for the 26-year-old, though. He’s made 45 of 47 starts against left-handers as the right-handing hitting half of the team’s inexpensive yet hugely productive first base platoon.
Freiman is hitting .314 (44-for-140) off lefties on the year, while in limited duty against right-handers he’s batting just .171 (7-for-41). When asked how to explain that success against lefties, he simply explained:
“That’s my job.”
Playing off the bench is not often a job entrusted to a young player. In particular, a rookie who had never played above Double-A before the start of the 2013 season.
Last year while playing for the San Antonio Missions, the Double-A affiliate of the ...