Freeman has control of knuckleball vs. Dickey

First baseman's had continued success vs. veteran

Freeman has control of knuckleball vs. Dickey

TORONTO -- The one thing Freddie Freeman knows about R.A. Dickey's knuckleball is that you can never tell what it's going to do. So go ahead and swing away.

"The ball's never gonna do the same thing, so there's no point in seeing a pitch," said Freeman, who's stood in for more knuckleballs than any other Braves batter, having faced Dickey for several seasons when the 40-year-old suited up for the Mets.

Whatever his strategy, or lack thereof, Freeman's approach against the Blue Jays' veteran seems to work. He added to his already-impressive history against Dickey on Saturday, launching a two-run homer while drawing a walk in the Braves' 6-5 extra-inning loss to the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

Freeman is a career .478 hitter when facing the knuckler, going 11-for-23 with three homers

"He throws between 67 and 80 [mph], so you just try to see one up and hope it doesn't move as much," Freeman said.

Freeman has gone yard four times in his last seven games, and twice in as many days, helping to awaken a drowsy Braves' offense that had put up three runs or fewer in four consecutive games entering their weekend series against Toronto.

Nick Markakis has shared a role in that run-production resurgence. The Braves' outfielder reached base in his first eight plate appearances through two games against the Blue Jays before lining out in the ninth on Saturday. After going 4-for-4 at the dish on Friday, Markakis drew three walks in his first three at-bats against Dickey and then cracked a single off Colt Hynes in the eighth.

He's now reached base in 14 of his last 18 plate appearances. The club as a whole knocked a pair of homers Friday, and smacked three more on Saturday -- the most since they hit four against Oakland on Aug. 8 of last season.

"We've been swinging the bats well all season, scoring some runs, getting some hits, and the last few games we've been hitting some home runs," Freeman said. "Hopefully we can keep that up."

Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.