Big week nets Freeman top NL player honors

Big week nets Freeman top NL player honors

ATLANTA -- Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman displayed his tremendous potential during a seven-game stretch that earned him the honor of being named the National League's Player of the Week on Monday.

Freeman batted .548 and collected nine extra-base hits, including three home runs while compiling a 1.653 OPS in 34 plate appearances from June 13 through Sunday, when he recorded his second four-hit game in a five-day span and helped the Braves secure a five-game winning streak.

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"This is what I've seen from him in the past," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "He can get on these tears and carry you."

Freeman became the third player in Atlanta history to hit for the cycle on Wednesday night, when he helped the Braves begin their current win streak with a 13-inning victory over the Reds. During the following afternoon's series finale against Cincinnati, he highlighted a three-hit game with a decisive third-inning home run.

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During the four-game series against the Reds, Freeman went 10-for-18 with two doubles, a triple, three home runs and six RBIs. He had seven extra-base hits (two doubles and five home runs) in the previous 32 games he had played at Turner Field this season.

Freeman entered the series against the Reds having hitting .242 with a .336 on-base percentage and .414 slugging percentage. After going 7-for-13 during this past weekend's series against the Mets, his season slash line was .279/.365/.479.

Along with matching a career-best four-hit performance twice last week, Freeman recorded at least three hits in five of the seven games he played. He had notched just two three-hit games in the previous 62 games played this season.

Past winners

Freeman has now been named the NL's Player of the Week three times. He earned this honor twice in a three-week span during the first two months of the 2012 season.

Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.