Originally posted on Cardinals Diaspora  |  Last updated 5/17/13
I'm a David Freese fan. You're a David Freese fan. As long as 2011 exists as a year, we'll all be David Freese fans. Doesn't mean he's making it easy to say such things... Mr. Freese has played in 27 games in 2013 and taken 91 ABs. He's hitting .209 and has only 7 fewer walks PLUS hits than strikeouts. In short, he's having a miserable start to 2013. What struck me when I was digging into the numbers wasn't how itsy-bitsy his 2013 line was, but instead, it was just how  his career stats don't really belie his stature with the Cardinals. Quick: David Freese, replaced at 3B. That's the headline. You think the reaction is muted in St. Louis? Heck no. It's a riot. But over the course of 3 full seasons and parts of 2009 and 2013, you know how many HRs he's hit? 35. RBIs? 181. Runs 150. Not to be trite, but that's kind of what Pujols did fairly regularly for the Cardinals in a season (maybe a bit longer than a season, but not TOO much longer than 162 games). Yet, ...
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