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Can David Freese be the hero again?
The Nationals and the Cardinals each have a talented third baseman, both with the potential to make a significant impact on the game. The Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman and the Cardinals' David Freese are each All-Star players at a key position, and both are among the leaders of their respective teams.
Zimmerman is among the best all-around third basemen in the game. He's a former Gold Glove Award winner with the ability to hit for both average and power. Even though he battled injuries and a slow start this year, he still managed to hit 25 homers with 95 RBI while finishing with a .282 batting average. That doesn't even get into his success in his playoff debut, as he is hitting .385 with a homer in this series.
Freese hit .293 with 20 homers and 79 RBI this year, as he became an All-Star for the first time in his career. He's also kept it up in this series, as he is hitting .417 with a 1.128 OPS. Still, he's better known as the hero of the 2011 World Series, after he hit five homers and batted in 21 runs in the playoffs for the Cardinals last year.
These guys are among the best in the game at their position, and each has been playing well in this series. Freese has already proven himself to be a hero, while Zimmerman is in his first ever playoff series during his seven-year career.