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In the NLCS, Albert Pujols hit .478 with two home runs and nine RBI. Yet wasn't the NLCS MVP. And it really wasn't close.
David Freese, Corpus Christi, Texas' own, hit a ludicrous .545, with three homers and nine RBI as he furiously gulped the Crew's best Brew on his way to taking home the honor.
Matt Holliday wasn't too shabby either, as he hit .435 with five RBI. And Lance Berkman hit .300, to boot.
More on Pujols later, but for now, the Texas Rangers' attention must be turned fully to Freese, Holliday and Berkman.
Here's how to shut down David Freese:
I have no idea.
If he hits like he did in the NLCS in the World Series, whoa boy.
Freese hit .529 against right-handers and .600 against left-handers. With RISP (runners in scoring position) he was absolute murder, as he hit .800 with two home runs and eight RBI.
The Texas Rangers have to hope that their starters and bullpen are simply just better than Milwaukee's, because whether you're ahead in the count (.400) or behind in the count (.333), Freese spells trouble. And those are the cold, hard facts.
Matt Holliday has been battling a tendon issue in his right hand since late September. I mean I'm no doctor, but looking at his statistics in the NLCS, I'd say his hand is just fine, thank you.
Holliday will be a key for the Rangers to stop, for obvious reasons. If Holliday stays hot, you can't just walk Fat Albert and pitch to him.
Lance Berkman has been hot too, hitting at a .300 clip in the postseason. Berkman rarely bats against left-handers, so the fact that he'll face three in Wilson, Holland and Harrison, might be what it takes to cool him off.
Sure, I realize that shutting down Freese, Berkman and Holliday is no easy task, but I feel the Texas Rangers starters—and perhaps especially their bullpen—are up for the challenge.